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Selwyn A. Pieters, B.A. (Toronto), LL.B. (Osgoode), L.E.C. (U.W.I). Lawyer & Notary Public (Ontario). Attorney-at-Law (Republic of Guyana and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago).

This law firm focuses on education law, human rights, police law, criminal law, civil litigation, administrative, constitutional and public law.

Our goal is the passionate pursuit of truth, social justice, equity and human rights through grass root community work and fearless advocacy. We achieve this goal by providing the highest quality legal services to you in an effective and efficient manner. Honesty, integrity and professionalism are our watch words. We invite you to talk with us about how we may be of service to you.

Selwyn currently practices law in downtown Toronto at Pieters Law Office, Adelaide Place, DBRS Tower, 181 University Avenue, Suite 2200, Toronto, Ontario, where about 35 independent lawyers share space and resources in a professional office setting not unlike that of a medium-sized law firm.

Selwyn is an experienced litigator licensed to practice law in Ontario, the Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Selwyn has litigated, researched and published in areas of Securities law, Human rights Law; Administrative Law; Civil Litigation, Critical Race Analysis, Anti-Black Racism, Racial Profiling, Equity, and Inclusion in Policing; Criminal Law.

Selwyn's recent success in Court includes resisting an injunction in the Superior Court of Justice brought by the neighbours of a young Black professional in a civil action Lee et al. v. Agnelo et al., 2021 ONSC 8188. Selwyn also secured bail in the Superior Court of Justice for a Black 20 year old male who the prosecution is alleging killed a White home invader during robbery that Judge described as a "hate crime" and stated the accused has "a very strong self-defence argument" as the "evidence before me demonstrates that Mr. Roberts was the victim of a racist conspiracy and attack immediately preceding the incident in question." R. v. Roberts, 2020 ONSC 8401. In 2021, Selwyn also successfully defended a Black teenager injured during the execution of a search warrant at his home by a Toronto Police Officer all the way to the Supreme Canada Office of the Independent Police Review Director v. Faye Stanley, et al. 2021 CanLII 4697 (S.C.C.). See also, Supreme Court won't hear police oversight case on Black family's allegations of brutality Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press, January 28, 2021. Successfully represent a Black couple at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario who alleged that they had been discriminated against by a real estate seller who was keen to sell them a house when she spoke to them over the phone, but allegedly balked when she saw them face to face and realized that they were Black: Walkes v. Reid's Heritage Homes, 2021 HRTO 251.

Selwyn has appeared at all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada in Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General) 2021 SCC 34 (S.C.C.); Langenfeld v. Toronto Police Services Board et al., 2020 CanLII 25159 (S.C.C.); Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, et al. v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), et al. 2015 SCC 39, [2015] S.C.J. No. 39, [2015] 2 S.C.R. 789; Attorney General of Ontario v. Michael J. Fraser on his own behalf and on behalf of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada, et al., 2011 CarswellOnt 2695, 2011 SCC 20, J.E. 2011-751, D.T.E. 2011T-294, 2011 C.L.L.C. 220-029, 331 D.L.R. (4th) 64, 415 N.R. 200, 275 O.A.C. 205, 91 C.C.E.L. (3d) 1, [2011] 2 S.C.R. 3

Selwyn has also appeared in the Ontario Court of Appeal in Stanley v. Office of the Independent Police Review Director et al., 2020 ONCA 252 (Ont. C.A.); Langenfeld v. Toronto Police Services Board et al., 2019 ONCA 716, 2019 CarswellOnt 14511, 309 A.C.W.S. (3d) 506, 55 Admin. L.R. (6th) 322, 58 C.C.L.T. (4th) 27, 437 D.L.R. (4th) 614 (Ont. C.A.); Lam v. The University of Western Ontario Board of Governors et al., 2019 CarswellOnt 3247, 2019 ONCA 185, 302 A.C.W.S. (3d) 474 (ONCA); Lam v. The University of Western Ontario Board of Governors et al., 2019 ONCA 82, 2019 CarswellOnt 1562 (ONCA); Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General) 2018 ONCA 761 (ONCA); R. v. Steele 2015 ONCA 169 (ONCA); McAteer v. Canada (Attorney General) 2014 CarswellOnt 10955, 2014 ONCA 578, 121 O.R. (3d) 1, 242 A.C.W.S. (3d) 772, 376 D.L.R. (4th) 258 (ONCA); Peel Law Association v. Pieters 2013 CarswellOnt 7881, 2013 ONCA 396, 228 A.C.W.S. (3d) 204, 116 O.R. (3d) 81, 306 O.A.C. 314, 9 C.C.E.L. (4th) 233, [2013] O.J. No. 2695 (Cronk, Juriansz and Pepall JJ.A.); Peel Law Assn. v. Pieters, 2012 CarswellOnt 8616 (Gillese, Epstein, Feldman JJ.A.); Freeman-Maloy v. Marsden 267 D.L.R. (4th) 37, 208 O.A.C. 307, 2006 CarswellOnt 1888, 79 O.R. (3d) 401, [2006] O.J. No. 1228, (2006) 146 A.C.W.S. (3d) 986 (C.A.); Bangoura v. Washington Post [2005] O.J. No. 3849, (2005) 258 D.L.R. (4th) 341, (2005) 202 O.A.C. 76, (2005) 17 C.P.C. (6th) 30, (2005) 142 A.C.W.S. (3d) 247, 2005 CarswellOnt 4343 (Ont.C.A.) (defamation - jurisdiction), [2005] O.J. No. 5428, (2005) 206 O.A.C. 325, (2005) 20 C.P.C. (6th) 178, (2005) 144 A.C.W.S. (3d) 615, 2005 CarswellOnt 7304 (costs), 1v. to S.C.C. dismissed [2005] S.C.C.A. No. 497; the Federal Court of Appeal inThe Honourable Sinclair Stevens v. The Conservative Party of Canada, [2005] F.C.J. No. 1890, 2005 FCA 383, [2006] 2 F.C.R. 315, (2005) 262 D.L.R. (4th) 532, (2005) 343 N.R. 275, 2005 CarswellNat 3774, 2005 CarswellNat 3775, (2005) 143 A.C.W.S. (3d) 1029 (Fed. C.A.) (2005-11-17) 1v. to S.C.C. dismissed [2006] S.C.C.A. No. 12

Selwyn was co-counsel in the world's first-ever sexual HIV transmission murder trial of Johnson Aziga in Hamilton, Ontario R. v. Aziga, 2008 CanLII 39222 (ON S.C.); R. v. Aziga; 2008 CarswellOnt 4300 (ON S.C.); R. v. Aziga, 2008 CanLII 29780 (ON S.C.)

In Guyana, Selwyn recently appeared before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in a seminal human rights matter: Quincy McEwan et al. v Attorney General of Guyana , [2018] CCJ 30 (AJ) (CCJ.). As well, Selwyn was co-counsel for deceased families at the Linden Commission of Inquiry. He was counsel for the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and the People's National Congress (PNC) at the Rodney Commission of Inquiry. Selwyn represented the Guyana Prison Service and Guyana Police Force in the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison Disturbances and Subsequent Deaths and in 2017 the Commission of Inquiry into the Presidential Assassination Attempt. Selwyn's expert evidence on Canadian Citizenship law was recently cited in application with respect to the disqualification for dual citizens from sitting in Guyana's National Assembly: Reid v Scotland, Persaud et al - Action No. 2019-HC-DEM-CIV-FDA-19.

Selwyn is a Vice-President at the Toronto Centre of Learning and Development

Selwyn has been appointed as one of ten Ontario lawyer Presiding Inquest Officers. The appointment comes on the heels of a legislative change to the Coroners Act that allows a lawyer to preside at a Coroners Inquest.

Selwyn currently sit on several Subject Matter Expert Technical Table (SMETT) established by the Solicitor General to provide technical advice on the important work that is needed to bring Ontario's Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA) into force.

Selwyn has guest lectured at Universities the across Canada including McGill, Dalhousie, University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, Ryerson University and George Brown College on law enforcement and criminal law issues.

Selwyn has appeared in numerous media including print, television, online, radio on law enforcement and criminal justice issues.

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