BARRIE, ON, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - In the long-awaited ruling in the Wood
v. Schaeffer appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled this morning
that police officers in Ontario who are involved in SIU investigations
must not speak to legal counsel before they write their notes. The
Court did not find that any of the officers involved in the two cases
did anything wrong, but it felt that when officers speak to lawyers
before doing their notes, an "appearances problem" is created.
OPP Association President, Jim Christie respects the decision and thanks
the Supreme Court for bringing clarity to the issue. "This issue was
of such great importance that it was necessary to take the matter to
our highest court."
This decision will allow officers, the men and women of the OPP and
officers across Ontario to continue to provide the high quality
services as they have always delivered with a clear understanding of
their duties and responsibilities when they are involved in an SIU
OPP officers understand and respect the importance of public trust and
have always conducted themselves professionally and will continue to
provide top quality service as they serve and protect the people of
President Christie notes that the Association will continue to support
officers involved in SIU investigations including providing legal
services that comply with the law.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police Association
For further information:
Jim Christie, President, OPP Association, (705) 728-6161