Jill Presser

Jill Presser
Presser Barristers
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
Case law protecting digital privacy rights intact: Presser

A solid body of case law protecting digital privacy rights remains unshaken following a Supreme Court  decision that undercover police officers do not need to obtain a judicial warrant before using email or instant-message services to communicate with a child-luring suspect, Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Stereotypical portrayals of female lawyers hurt profession

As female lawyers continue to “transform" their profession, it’s time for the media to follow suit and end the stereotypical portrayals of women litigators, and depict more accurate, “empowering” images, Toronto criminal lawyer  Jill Presser tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Decoding automated decision-making in the justice system

A day-long conference on the use of automated decision-making (ADM) in the Canadian criminal justice system helped build on the critical work of developing a legislative and regulatory framework around the technology, Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 digital material stored on a shared computer, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Jill Presser , who acted as counsel for an intervener in the case. 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 . 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 Appeal (OCA), says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser , who acted as a friend of the court in the matter. 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. 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 judicial authorization.   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 decision to stay charges against the pair due to delayed proceedings. 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 whom they share a home.   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. 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 Health in Criminal Justice.   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 mentally disordered appellants at the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA). 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, Toronto criminal lawyer  Jill Presser  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . 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 — but it depends on the case as to which are most important, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser . Read more

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