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Simon Borys

Simon Borys

Principal Lawyer

Simon Borys is a former police officer turned Correctional Lawyer. He regularly appears before the Parole Board of Canada, the Ontario Parole Board. He has extensive experience representing clients at all jails and prisons in Ontario in hearings and appeals, 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 regularly represents the Canadian Prison Law Association in its interventions at the Supreme Court.

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)
  • Canadian Prison Law Association (Board Member and Chair of Advocacy Committee)
  • Criminal Lawyers Association (Jails and Prisons Committee)
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • Presentation to Standing Committee on Justice Policy on bail reform on behalf of the Canadian Prison Law Association (Ontario Legislature, 2023)
  • Presentation on parole (Criminal Lawyers Association Spring Conference, 2023)
  • Presentation on parole (Destination CPD, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2023)
  • 2-part series on parole and correctional law (Criminal Lawyers Association Recent Call Committee, 2023)
  • Presentation and mentoring on habeas corpus (Canadian Prison Law Association, 2022)
  • Presentation on parole (Alberta Prison Justice Society/Legal Aid Alberta, 2021)
  • Provincial vs Federal Custody – article in For the Defence magazine, vol. 41, no. 4 (2021)
  • Presentation on parole and correctional law (Law and Mental Disorder Association, 2021)
  • 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)
  • 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)