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December 17, 2012

ian scott
Director, Ontario Special Investigations Unit

Ian D. Scott, LLB’81, was appointed as director of the Special Investigations Unit in 2008.

Scott received his LLB from Western in 1981. “Those were good years,” he recalls. “They provided a strong foundation for the next step in my career.”

That step was to clerk for judges of the former High Court of Justice. After being called to the Ontario bar in 1983, he intended to practice civil litigation, and did so for six months at Stikeman Elliott LLP, “but I got tired of it, and wanted to be a courtroom lawyer.” So in 1985, he joined the Ministry of the Attorney General as a Crown Attorney.

A career highlight was his successful prosecution in 1997 of a former Ontario Provincial Police officer for the shooting death of aboriginal protester Dudley George during the land dispute at Ipperwash Provincial Park. Scott left the Attorney General’s office soon afterward “for a new challenge,” starting his own practice as a criminal defence lawyer. But in 2001, when the A-G’s Ministry “made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse,” he returned to do appeal work.

Scott has been involved in police oversight issues for many years, both as a prosecutor of police officers involved in the criminal justice system under the Criminal Code and as a prosecutor of internal police disciplinary matters under the Police Services Act. He has also represented police officers in fatality-related matters and in internal disciplinary proceedings.

He has spoken on police oversight issues to members of the judiciary, the Canadian Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Professional Standards Investigators & Adjudicators courses, the Criminal Law Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Police Association of Ontario. In addition, he has authored articles on police misconduct issues as well as various other criminal law topics. The Police Services Act of Ontario: An Annotated Guide is his most recent published work.

Scott was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Western Alumni Gazette.

Source: Special Investigations Unit and Western Alumni Gazette.

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