Borys Law is the only law firm in Ontario practicing exclusively in the areas of Parole and Correctional Law .
We advocate for the rights of clients at all jails and prisons in Ontario and help them get back to their families. We are also actively involved in bringing about positive change in the correctional system by bringing test cases and constitutional challenges and intervening in important cases at the Supreme Court.
Going to prison can be one of the most traumatic experiences of a person’s life. That’s why we take the time to educate, inform, listen, and above all, advocate, so you can rest assured that your interests are being taken care of.
Everyone deserves to have the law applied with an even hand. We know that if you’re seeking representation, you’re already under a lot of stress. You can trust us to handle your case with discretion, tact, and honesty.
With experience in policing, criminal defence, and Correctional Law, we are in a unique position to guide clients, and their families, through the process of incarceration.
Meet Simon Borys
Simon Borys is a former police officer turned Correctional Lawyer. He regularly appears before the Parole Board of Canada, the Ontario Parole Board, the Federal Court, and the Divisional Court. He has extensive experience representing clients at all jails and prisons in Ontario in parole matters, habeas corpus applications, disciplinary court, grievances, and judicial review.
Simon is a Board Member of the Canadian Prison Law Association and Chair of the Association’s Advocacy Committee. He has represented the Canadian Prison Law Association at the Supreme Court, most recently in Chhina v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2019 SCC 29, on the scope of habeas corpus, and Attorney General of Quebec, et al. v. Alexandre Bissonnette (aka Bissonnette c. R. 2020 QCCA 1585) on the constitutionality of stacked life sentences.
Simon regularly lectures to other lawyers and law students on correctional law.
- Juris Doctor (Queen’s University Law School)
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Legal Studies and Criminology (St. Jerome’s University & University of Waterloo)
Key Courses and Training
- Canadian Prison Law Conference (2018)
- Law of Policing in Canada (Osgoode, 2017)
- Guilty Pleas and Wrongful Convictions (Innocence Canada, 2017)
- Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions (Legal Aid Ontario, 2016
- Eye-witness Misidentification (AIDWYC, 2013)
- Criminality and Removal for Permanent Residents (Ontario Bar Association, 2013)
- Canadian Prison Law Association (Board Member and Chair of Advocacy Committee)
- Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Presentation on parole, temporary release, and COVID-19 (Toronto Lawyer’s Association, 2021)
- Panelist on corrections panel (Criminal Lawyers Association Recent Call Conference, 2020)
- Presentation on temporary absences and parole during COVID-19 (Legal Aid Ontario, 2020)
- Presentation on alternative release remedies (Nikki Knows, 2020)
- Panelist – Bail, Parole, and Prisoners (Ontario Bar Association, 2020)
- Intervened at Supreme Court in Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v Chhina on behalf of the Canadian Prison Law Association (2019 SCC 29)
- A Practical Guide to Correctional Law – paper presented at the DCAO/CCLA annual conference in Montebello, QC (2019)
- Creative Uses of Habeas Corpus – paper and talk presented at the Canadian Prison Law Conference in Halifax, NS (2018)
- Panelist – Sentencing and Correctional Law (Criminal Lawyers Association Recent Call Conference, 2017)
- Training for Correctional Service of Canada officers on arrest authorities, use of force authorities, riots, and right to counsel (2015)