Featured Person: Ian Scott, Lawyer and Former SIU Director

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Ian D. Scott, Lawyer and Former Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

After five years as Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit and thirty years as a lawyer, Ian Scott is returning to private practice. Called to the bar in 1983, he has focused his practice on criminal and administrative law, working as both a Crown prosecutor and defence counsel. He has also represented police services and governmental agencies at administrative tribunals, most notably Police Services Act hearings and inquests. As Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Ian was responsible for all of the investigations into incidents of serious injury and death, as well as allegations of sexual assault, involving on-duty police officers in the province. During his five years, he reviewed over one thousand investigations and laid over fifty criminal charges involving incidents of this nature.

Ian is the author of the Police Services Act of Ontario, An Annotated Guide (Second Edition), the co-author of Salhany’s Police Manual of Arrest, Seizure and Interrogation (Tenth Edition), as well as many articles in the criminal law and police oversight area. A full list of these publications may be found under the Resume heading. He is currently working on a book entitled Issues in Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Canada to be published by Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd in 2014.

Ian may be reached through e-mail at ian@iandscott.ca.


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