Jill R. Presser, principal of the Toronto firm Presser Barristers, earned her Bachelor of Arts (Hons), and Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, McGill University in 1994 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Her practice is primarily devoted to trial and appellate criminal defence. She regularly appears before all levels of courts.
Ms. Presser has represented clients in administrative and regulatory matters and she defends clients facing a broad range of criminal charges including serious violent crimes, drug offences, white-collar offences and domestic assaults.
A substantial part of her practice is devoted to appeals. Ms. Presser has been counsel on a number of notable cases including: including this case, where the Supreme Court of Canada decided that subscriber information in the hands of an internet service provider is private; and this case, at the Supreme Court of Canada, dealing with treatment orders in forensic psychiatric hospitals.
Ms. Presser was a staff lawyer to the Hon. Stephen Goudge on the Commission of Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic pathology in Ontario. She is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Toronto and has also been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall law school.
She frequently contributes to continuing legal education programs for lawyers and judges, organized by the National Judicial Institute, the Law Society of Ontario and Osgoode Hall, and has published a number of case comments and articles relating to issues in criminal law. She says some of these have been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms. Presser is often appointed amicus curiae by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in appeals involving unrepresented mentally disordered appellants. She also assists the Ontario Court of Appeal as duty counsel for unrepresented inmate and in-person appellants.
She prosecuted criminal matters on behalf of the Attorney General of Ontario on a part-time basis from 2001-2007.