PETER KETCHESON, Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer
Having been born and raised in Ottawa, Peter obtained his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Ottawa – graduating magna cum laude. Peter then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree at Queen’s University – Faculty of Law in Kingston.
While at Queen’s Law, Peter devoted much of his time to working at the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic – an organization where lawyers and law students advocate for the rights of inmates serving federal sentences in the Kingston-area. Peter’s unwavering commitment to the Prison Law Clinic and Prisoner Rights was recognized in his final year at Queen’s Law, when the law school awarded him the Queen’s Law Prize in Advanced Clinical Prison Law.
As an associate lawyer at Hicks Adams, Peter believes in the importance of representing clients at all stages of the Criminal Justice System. Peter appears before both the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice on a regular basis, working on cases for clients charged with offences all the way from Mischief to Murder.
In his spare time, Peter enjoys writing on various legal topics – particularly in the fields of Criminal and Prison Law. Peter recently co-authored a published book chapter discussing COVID-19’s impact on those in-custody and the ways that society has responded to the need to reduce jail and prison populations during the pandemic.