Ministry of the
Attorney General
Ministиre du
Procureur gйnйral

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2004


Appointment supports government's commitment to community safety

TORONTO Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today that James Cornish has been appointed interim director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Cornish has been a prosecutor in the Ministry of the Attorney General since 1988. He was most recently a senior Crown attorney for Haldimand County and acting Crown attorney for Norfolk. He has written and taught about investigative techniques for major crimes, and is the co-author of The Law of Criminal Harassment and Stalking, a text on criminal harassment and related psychiatric issues.

"James Cornish has a great deal of expertise in investigative techniques and prosecutions," said Bryant. "I am confident that he will make a valuable contribution as interim director of the SIU."

A graduate of the faculty of law at the University of Western Ontario in 1982, Cornish practised law in Parry Sound and Kitchener, and was an assistant Crown attorney in Milton.

Cornish replaces John Sutherland as SIU director. Sutherland has been appointed as a justice in the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 5, 2004. He will preside in Toronto.

The SIU was created in 1990. Under the Police Services Act, the SIU director has the sole discretion to cause criminal charges to be laid against officers where there are reasonable grounds to do so.

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Greg Crone
Minister's Office
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Communications Branch
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