Peter Ketcheson is an associate lawyer at Crystal Barristers with a passion for Criminal Law, Prison Law and Civil Litigation.
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.
Peter’s passion for criminal law immediately carried over to studies in law school, where he stacked his schedule with criminal law courses. This allowed Peter to gain valuable experience working as a law student with criminal law firms in both his first and second-year summers. Moreover, 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.
Following his graduation from law school, Peter moved to Toronto where he articled at one of Canada’s largest and most seasoned criminal law firms. Upon being called to the Bar to practice law in Ontario, Peter decided to return home to Ottawa to join Crystal Barristers.
As an associate lawyer at Crystal Barristers, Peter believes in the importance of representing clients at all stages of the criminal justice system, whether it be in the courtroom or before administrative tribunals – such as the Parole Board or Human Rights Tribunal.
In his spare time, Peter enjoys writing on various legal topics – particularly in the fields of Criminal and Prison Law. Peter is currently working on a 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.