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John Pepper | BA LLB

“Effective advocacy requires a thorough understanding of criminal law and the law of evidence, plus fearless representation in the trial and appeal courts. But it calls for more: excellent advocacy requires patient listening and a detailed understanding of the client’s background, legal needs, and their own story. Nearly 40 years of criminal trial and appeal experience in the Ottawa Valley has taught me you cannot speak for a client unless you have truly heard him or her first.”

John Pepper graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1977.

John practiced civil and family litigation in Renfrew before beginning his 31-year career in the Pembroke Crown Attorney’s Office.

John has tried thousands of criminal cases at all levels of court, in Renfrew County, in Ottawa, and throughout Eastern Ontario. He has tried many of the most serious cases, including a dozen murder trials. He is experienced in high profile and complex prosecutions, including multi-victim cases involving clergy. John has acted as Coroner’s Counsel in many inquests.

John is experienced in working both in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court. His experience includes trials with and without juries, and criminal appeal work.

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