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Simon Borys

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
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