Jill Presser

Jill Presser
Presser Barristers
Principal
Appellate, Criminal

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.

Jill Presser In The News
Presser acts for intervener in landmark SCC digital data case win

The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) recent landmark decision is important because it ensures protection of Canadians’ privacy rights when it comes to ... Read more

Tips for winning body language in the courtroom

A courtroom is in part a stage and lawyers must realize they are among the players, Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser  tells AdvocateDaily.com . Presser, ... Read more

OCA grants absolute discharge for NCR man detained for 10 years

After spending more than 10 years in psychiatric hospitals for making harassing phone calls, a non-violent man has been granted an absolute discharge by the Ontario Court of ... Read more

SCC decision a step toward reducing number of Aboriginals in prison

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) says the federal prison service has failed to ensure its psychological assessment tools are fair to Indigenous inmates. In a ... Read more

One-on-one communications should be private, Presser tells SCC

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser is urging the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to prevent police from spying on people’s one-on-one electronic communications without ... Read more

Jail guards to stand trial for alleged role in death of Ontario inmate

TORONTO — Two guards at a London, Ont., jail will have to stand trial for their alleged role in an inmate's death, Ontario's top court ruled Monday, reversing an earlier ... Read more

Presser appears before SCC on digital information case

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser is asking the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to protect citizens from having their digital information handed over to police by people with ... Read more

Presser authors chapter in book about women in criminal justice

Toronto criminal lawyer  Jill Presser  says young females should be fully informed before following her into the tough but rewarding practice area. Presser, principal ... Read more

Presser to deliver keynote at mental health law conference

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice Conference: Beyond Fitness and NCR — Mental ... Read more

Presser co-authors book chapter honouring OCA justice

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser remembers the honour of working closely with Justice Marc Rosenberg as a member of the amicus curiae roster to assist unrepresented ... Read more

OCA decision a win for vulnerable accused

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to allow a "treatment incapable" person to consent to a treatment condition is a victory for vulnerable people all over Canada, ... Read more

Top 10 tips for preparing oral argument on appeal: Presser

A good oral advocate in any appeal matter relies on a number of skills — such as keeping it simple with a strong narrative and presenting a carefully thought-out argument ... Read more

Cell searches a serious privacy intrusion

OTTAWA — Canadians should be ``very concerned'' about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy ... Read more

Supreme Court Chief Justice McLachlin will retire, legacy will endure

OTTAWA — Beverley McLachlin is stepping down as Supreme Court chief justice in mid-December. McLachlin is the first woman to hold the top job on the high court, and she ... Read more

OCA orders new mental health hearing for hospitalized man

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new mental health hearing for a non-violent man held in psychiatric hospitals for 10 years after Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser , ... Read more

OCA provides guidance on counsel conflicts of interest in criminal law

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man after Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser argued his conviction for drug trafficking should be set aside ... Read more

Presser appeared before SCC on texting privacy cases

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser  recently appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in two cases that carry important implications for texting ... Read more

Woman behind Costco crash says she isn't a criminal: Presser

Though she has been denied an appeal, the woman who was found guilty in connection with a fatal Costco crash in 2014 maintains she is not a criminal and that what happened at the ... Read more

SCC review of issues in Marakah crucial to digital privacy

The issues raised when Marakah v. The Queen is heard before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) later this winter will be essential to society's evolving understanding of what is ... Read more

Crown stays sexual assault charges in case involving homophobic juror

The Crown has stayed sexual assault charges against Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser ’s client after the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because a jury ... Read more

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