Authors' Biographies

Paul Ceyssens graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, in 1986, and is a member in good standing of the Bar of British Columbia (1987).  Paul began private practice on Saltspring Island in 1998, and is a partner with Ceyssens & Bauchman.  His practice is 100% on the solicitor’s side of the profession.  He provides advisory legal services in most provinces across Canada, restricting his practice to general employment law and human rights law, and police-related legal issues.  His practice in the area of police-related legal issues is on behalf of police oversight bodies, police management, individual police officers, police associations, governments and members of the public.  Much of his work in the policing area involves advice regarding prominent conduct-related issues (complaints and discipline), and matters in which accommodation and other human rights issues arise.  He also has extensive experience with governments and police employers across Canada in the formulation of policy.

From 1990 until 1998, Paul was a member of the Legal Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General.  Much of his practice involved police-related legal issues, including providing advice to the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ministry’s Policing Services Division and the Ontario Police Commission.  He also practiced in the area of general employment law and human rights law, representing the Government of Ontario and its employees in formal complaints under the Human Rights Code, and providing legal advice to the Independent Investigations Unit, which investigated complaints under the Ontario Public Service Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy.

Carswell Legal Publications published Paul’s treatise Legal Aspects of Policing in 1994.  Now published by Earlscourt Legal Press (of which Paul was a founding principal), the two-volume looseleaf text addresses constitutional and legal status of the police, police duties, civil liability, discipline procedure, discipline offences, the public complaints process and related issues.  He writes updates to the text on a regular basis.  Legal Aspects of Policing has been cited by courts of law in several jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as administrative tribunals and labour arbitrators.  Paul coauthors the Ontario Police Services Act, Fully Annotated (Earlscourt), of which the 2017 Edition is the most recent.  His short paper “Police Civil Liability – The Satellite View” was published in issue 121 (2009) of The Verdict.

In the 1990s, Paul designed “Legal Issues in Policing,” a distance-education course offered by the College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University, and taught the course for three years.  The course surveys the legal regulation of policing, emphasizing police civil liability and the complaint and discipline process.  Paul has continued to assist Dalhousie in updating the course materials.

Paul also lectures regularly across Canada on the legal regulation of policing, and the management of legal risk.  He has conducted full-day or half-day training sessions, or appeared on conference panels, for lawyers, university audiences, police regulators, police forces and police associations.

Paul Ceyssens, B.A., LL.B.

Justice Libman was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 1996. He serves as Chair, Rules Committee of the Ontario Court of Justice, and is an Associate Editor of the Motor Vehicle Reports.

Justice Libman is a recognized authority on the rules of court and on regulatory offences. He is the author of the seminal Canadian work on regulatory offences, Libman on Regulatory Offences in Canada, and of Criminal Trial Rules in Provincial Courts in Canada, Fully Annotated, 2007-2008 Edition. Both titles are available through Earlscourt Legal Press. He has also authored publications on the Provincial Offences Act (Ontario) and the Contraventions Act (Canada).

The Honourable Justice Rick Libman of the Ontario Court of Justice

Sheilagh Stewart, B. Comm., LL.B., is the author of Stewart on Provincial Offences Procedure in Ontario, Third Edition. Sheilagh is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, Dalhousie Universityand served as an Assistant Crown Attorney, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, from 1984 until her retirement in 2017. During that time, she held a number of progressive assignments within the Criminal Law Division.

Sheilagh has presented regularly to prosecutors and enforcement agencies concerning criminal and provincial offences, including the Criminal Code, the Contraventions Act, the Ontario Provincial Offences Act, and the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. She has also presented at provincial, national and international conferences and seminars. Sheilagh has developed particular expertise in driving offences and related provincial laws.

Sheilagh sat on numerous committees in regard to the Provincial Offences Act and related projects and initiatives, including the Law Commission of Ontario’s Project on the Modernization of the Provicial Offences Act. She was a member of a variety of provincial law enforcement committees, including the Provincial Speed Advisory Committee. She is a published author, including numerous papers on drinking and driving-related issues at the international level. Sheilagh travelled to Oslo, Norway in August, 2010 to present papers at the 2010 International Conference of Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety.

Sheilagh Stewart,
B.Comm., LL.B.

Scott Childs works at the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) as counsel and deputy director.

Mr. Childs has over a dozen years of experience as criminal prosecutor – first, as a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice (Canada), and later as an assistant crown attorney with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in the Scarborough and Guns & Gangs trial offices. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor law school, completed his articles as a law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.

Additionally, Mr. Childs served for 17 years with Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police as a uniform member, a detective and an investigative manager.  

Mr. Childs has co-authored the last five editions of the Ontario Police Services Act, Fully Annotated, as well as “Doe v. Metropolitan Toronto Board of Commissioners of Police and the Status of Public Oversight of the Police in Canada” (1998) 36 Alta. L. Rev. 1000. He regularly lectures on criminal law subjects, and police governance and discipline.

Scott Childs, LL.B.

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