Hans Saamen - Senior Advisor

Hans Saamen graduated from York University with a B.A. in 1980, and from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LL.B. in 1983. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985. He spent 17 years in private practice, restricted to civil and criminal litigation, and the prosecution of Provincial Offences for a municipality.

He joined The Regional Municipality of York in February, 2002 to manage the prosecution unit responsible for the prosecution of various offences under Provincial and Federal legislation and regulations, as well as municipal by-laws.

In 2010 he received the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario Individual Award of Merit. In October, 2014 he was honoured by the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario with a Lifetime Membership in recognition of his outstanding service to the Association and for his dedication to the administration of justice and the integrity of the profession.

In May 2022 he retired as the Director of Prosecutions for the Regional Municipality of York. He has prosecuted a variety of municipal and provincial offences and has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario. He has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and organizations including Osgoode Hall Law School’s Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice, the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario, the Provincial Prosecutor’s Association, the Federated Press on Drafting By-laws from the Prosecutor’s Perspective, the Ontario Police College, York Regional Police and the Law Society of Ontario.

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