Criminal Law

Historic SCC hearings outside Ottawa ‘exciting’: Presser

By AdvocateDaily.com Staff

Canadians should be pleased that the nation’s top court is holding proceedings outside of Ottawa for the first time, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser, who will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as part of this historic event.

Presser, principal of Presser Barristers, will appear before the SCC on Sept. 25 in Winnipeg, representing an intervenor in an appeal involving the issue of delay.

She will act as co-counsel, along with Colleen McKeown, for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), which has intervenor status in the matter of K.G.K. v. Her Majesty the Queen, arguing a nine-month wait for a verdict in the case should count towards the deadlines for resolution of criminal matters as set out in the landmark Jordan decision.

“There seems to be a tremendous amount of interest by the media and the legal community in both the case and the historical significance of where it is being heard,” Presser tells AdvocateDaily.com.

The appellate case is one of two Charter hearings — one criminal, the other civil — that the SCC will conduct in Winnipeg ahead of the official start of the fall session on Oct. 7.

The Winnipeg hearings are part of the Supreme Court’s outreach and Chief Justice Richard Wagner’s goal of providing the Canadian public with more information about the SCC, Canadian Lawyer reports.

From Sept. 23-27 there will be several public appearances, including individual visits by each justice to Winnipeg high schools. The visits are to include a presentation of videos explaining the SCC. A public event at the Canadian Human Rights Museum is also planned, the online publication reports.

“It’s very exciting to be part of such a historic moment,” Presser tells AdvocateDaily.com. “People from all over the country should be pleased to see the court travelling and engaging in the outreach to make proceedings more accessible to Canadians.”

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