Law of Policing and Professional Discipline
Joseph is counsel to the Ontario Provincial Police Association, the Police Association of Ontario, and to police associations in the Greater Toronto Area and across Ontario, including the Toronto, Durham, York, Peel, Barrie, Guelph, Peterborough, Niagara and Kingston police associations. He is counsel to the Toronto Police Service Senior Officers’ Organization and has acted for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
Joseph has extensive experience acting for officers under investigation for or charged with criminal and Police Services Act offences and for subject and witness officers in investigations by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit. He acts for officers in coroners’ inquests and before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. He also provides independent legal advice and appellate opinions to police associations seeking to determine the scope of their duty to represent members and indemnify appeals.
Joseph has acted for numerous police officers and paramedics suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has expertise in the relevance of PTSD to criminal and Police Services Act offences and has acted as counsel for officers in precedent-making PTSD related decisions.
He represents professionals in discipline proceedings and university students in academic and student code of conduct proceedings.