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New SIU Director Appointed

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New SIU Director Appointed

Attorney General Thanks Outgoing Director James Cornish For His Leadership

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ian D. Scott has been appointed as the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Director effective October 16, 2008, replacing James Cornish whose term expires on October 15, 2008.

Called to the Bar in 1983, Scott has practiced exclusively in criminal law and administrative law. Over the span of his career, Scott has acted as both Crown and defence counsel in cases involving police officers under the Criminal Code and at Police Services Act hearings and appeals. He has also appeared as counsel at Coroner's inquests.

Scott has written on civilian oversight, demonstrating an excellent understanding of the field.

Quick Facts

  • James Cornish was appointed Director of the SIU in April 2004.
  • The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency, independent of the police, that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, including sexual assault, or death.
  • The SIU reports to the Attorney General; however its investigations and decisions are made independent of government.

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“Ian Scott's impressive legal career and broad range of criminal law experience will serve the SIU well in moving forward. I'd like to thank James Cornish for his leadership and commitment to thorough and balanced civilian oversight over the past four and a half years.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General



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