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Ontario Government Names SIU Director

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Ontario Government Names SIU Director

Appointment Affirms Government’s Commitment To Building Safe Communities

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today that James Cornish has been appointed director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), effective December 15, 2004.

"James Cornish has brought expertise and professionalism to this very challenging position," said Bryant. "I am confident that he will continue to make a valuable contribution as the permanent director." Cornish had been interim director of the SIU since April 26, 2004. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario law school in 1982, and has more than 20 years of legal experience. He worked in private practice in Parry Sound and Kitchener, and went on to become an assistant Crown attorney in Kitchener and Milton and the Crown attorney of Haldimand and Norfolk.

He is a co-founder of the Halton Medical Legal Association, and has written and taught on several important legal issues including investigative techniques for major crimes. He is the author of Investigation and Prosecution of an Insanity Case and co-author of The Law of Criminal Harassment and Stalking, and Suicide and Attempted Suicide: Legal Issues.

Cornish has also lectured at professional education programs for the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, the Ontario Police College and the RCMP.

Created in 1990, the SIU is an independent agency that investigates deaths and serious injuries that occur in the course of policing. Under the Police Services Act, the SIU director has the sole responsibility to lay criminal charges against police officers following an investigation where there are reasonable grounds to do so.

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