On November 20th, I spoke at the 12th Annual Police Services Act Adjudicators and Prosecutors Seminar in Orillia Ontario on the topic of ‘Prosecuting Police Disciplinary Cases’. A PowerPoint slide deck of my talk is attached.
See me debate policing issues with Mike McCormick, the head of the Toronto Police Association, and others, on Steve Paikin’s September 29th, 2014 edition of ‘The Agenda’.
Ian Interviewed on CHCH show ‘SquareOff’
On September 17th, 2014, I was interviewed by Mark Hebscher and Donna Skelly about police oversight issues and the new book. Go to this link to watch the interview: CHCH – Your Superstation Square Off – CHCH – Your Superstation.
Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada is published!
Hot off the press is my newest publication, Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada. This book is the first to fill the information gap on this important subject. It brings together contributions from me (the book’s editor) and ten contributors, all leaders in the area of civilian oversight of policing. It provides an overview of police oversight agencies in all provinces, the RCMP and military complaints system, as well as discussions of specific topics such as the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. These topics are augmented by chapters on other legal mechanisms of accountability of police use of force, litigation as a vehicle for police reform, off-duty police misconduct, political regulation of the police, and original research on the criteria for independence in civilian led investigations of the police.
For an interview about the book, please see exclusive interview with Ian D. Scott (PDF)inCarswell’s Criminal Law Practice Community Page. In it, I discuss the importance of civilian oversight, legal decisions and other drivers of change that have shaped the law of civilian oversight of policing in Canada to date, and offer my assessment on the future of civilian oversight of policing with reference to the recently released Police Encounters with People in Crises (the Iacobucci Report).
This 360 paged soft-bound book is available through Canada Law Book for $84.00. See more at: Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada.
Beginning September 1st, 2014, I will be sharing office space with the redoubtable law firm of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP.
My new contact information is
Ian D Scott
Barrister & Solicitor
439 University Avenue
Toronto Ontario M5G 1Y8
Tel: (416) 459-9396
Fax: (416) 408- 2372
Teaching Criminal Procedure at Western Law School
Beginning this month, I will be teaching Criminal Procedure at Western Law School for the fall term. I took this course at Western over thirty years ago, before the advent of the Charter, and the changes in this area of the law are overwhelming. Now, such issues such as search and seizure, investigative detention, right to counsel and exclusion of evidence at trial are dominated by Charter considerations. Frankly, it’s a much more interesting subject area because of the infusion of societal values into the debate of the relationship between the state and the individual than existed in the pre-Charter days.
In January 2015, I will be teaching an intensive one-month course at the law school entitled ‘Police Accountability and the Law’ based on Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada.
June 12, 2014
I recently was informed that the Kyrgyzstani government intends to adopt the SIU model for independent investigations in an attempt to address issues of detainees being mistreated by people in authority. Stay tuned for updates.
My recent trip to Kyrgyzstan worked out well. I left Toronto on the evening of Thursday April 24th and arrived in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan the morning of Saturday April 26th. After recovering on the Saturday, I met some of the conference organizers, and, on the Sunday, they took us on a hike into the mountains. They really are people living in yurts in the area (see photo). The conference lasted for three days, and I was on a panel with Daniel Holder, a representative from an NGO from Northern Ireland, and Hamish Campbell, from the newly formed INDECOM in Jamaica. Between hearing the situations in their two countries and that of Kyrgyzstan’s, I felt very lucky to be representing the state of civilian oversight in Canada. Northern Ireland is still struggling with the legacy of ‘The Troubles’ and INDECOM spends most of its time investigating off-duty, not on-duty, shootings by the Jamaican constabulary. And the police in Kyrgyzstan are under multiple investigations for torturing detainees, either for confessions or money. So, the situation in Canada, and in particular Ontario, looks quite healthy in comparison. It would appear, though, that the Kyrgystani government, along with the assistance of a number of very dedicated individuals working for NGOs in the country are making an earnest attempt to confront these human rights violations. However, in my view, until the issue of corruption in the police, the prosecutors’ office and even the judiciary are addressed, the potential of further human rights violations will continue.
And a CACOLE Conference – May 5-7, 2014
Immediately upon my return from Kyrgyzstan, I will be flying to Victoria, British Columbia to attend the annual Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement being held from May 5th to 7th, 2014. Tuesday morning, I will be speaking on a panel about use of force by police officers. For more information, check out the CACOLE website: www.cacole.ca.
Ian Invited to Speak at Conference in Kyrgyzstan – April 28-30, 2014
Through European Union funding, I’ve been invited to speak at a three day conference from April 28-30th 2014 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on ‘Enhancing the Capacity of NGOs and Institutions to Advocate for Implementation of Human Rights Decisions and Standards to Prevent Torture’. Last February, I met with two of the conference’s organizers from the New York City based Open Society Justice Initiative when they were in Toronto talking to people involved in police oversight. They were very interested in Ontario’s oversight mechanisms, particularly the Special Investigations Unit. As a result of that meeting, they have extended this invitation for me to participate in this upcoming conference. While I am excited about attending, I’m not so sure about the flights – an overnight to Istanbul and then another one to Bishkek. I’ll report back.
Third Edition of the Police Services Act of Ontario – An Annotated Guide Just Published!!
Carswell has just published the third edition of Ian’s Police Services Act of Ontario – An Annotated Guide. It contains the Police Services Act, as well as related legislation and updated regulations. Every section of the Act has explanatory notes and all relevant case law. All annotations are updated to January 1, 2014. For more information, follow this link to Carswell.
I will be teaching two courses at Western Law School in London Ontario next year. In the 2014 fall term, I will be teaching criminal procedure in which students will learn the law as it relates to the process of investigating, prosecuting and defending criminal charges.
And for the month of January, I will be teaching a new course called ‘Police Accountability and the Law’. Western has a January term, where law students take only one course for that month. This intensive course will focus on the legal mechanisms we have in our society to ensure there is confidence in policing and police oversight. To my knowledge, this course is the only one offered in any law school in Canada.
Ian is Keynote Speaker at Upcoming Conference: ‘Self-Defence and Use of Force: The New and Evolving Substantive Defences to Violent Conduct’
On March 1, 2014, I am the keynote luncheon speaker at the ‘Self-Defence and Use of Force Conference’ sponsored by the Osgoode Professional Development Centre. I will be speaking on ‘Reforming Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit’, and will talk how to make the Unit a more effective investigative agency of incidents where the police are involved in death, serious injury and allegations of sexual assault .
Ian Speaks on Panel at The National Symposium on Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice on February 21, 2014
I will be on a panel with Dr Hy Bloom, Mr Justice Kenneth Campbell and Frank Addario speaking about ‘Automatism and Toxic Psychosis’ at a national symposium held at the Osgoode Professional Development Centre this Friday.
Please see the attached brochure for more info.