A fearless defence.
My name is Ingrid Grant and I am a skilled criminal defence lawyer with a successful track record of representing clients charged with criminal and quasi-criminal offences.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia and received my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto. I was called to the bar of Ontario in 2006, and began my professional career in criminal law.
With extensive experience in criminal court, I have successfully represented a variety of clients with unique circumstances and backgrounds in criminal trials and appeals at all levels of court in Ontario. I have also argued several important cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. I have particular experience in the areas of terrorism, murder, sexual assault, complex frauds and drug importation.
As a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario and a passionate advocate for women’s equality within the criminal defence bar, I have served on the women’s committee and organizing committee of the annual Women in Criminal Law Conference. I now serve on the CLA’s litigation committee.
I am also a member of the Court of Appeal for Ontario’s Pro Bono Inmate Appeal program, providing assistance to unrepresented prisoners during appeals, and volunteer with Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted). I am frequently appointed as counsel to the court (amicus curiae) to assist vulnerable self-represented accused.
In the last few years, I have focused my pro-bono, advocacy and publication interests on the interpretation and constitutional challenges to the crediting of pre-trial custody against sentence (the so-called “Truth in Sentencing Act”), arguing before the Supreme Court of Canada on three major cases on this issue: R. v. Summers, R. v. Carvery, and R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali.