Criminal Appeals: A Practitioner's Handbook

Criminal Appeals: A Practitioner's Handbook
Emond Publishing
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Publication Date:
December 2016
Criminal Law and Procedure; Criminal Law Series

General Editors: Brian H. Greenspan and Justice Vincenzo Rondinelli

“This incredibly helpful handbook combines the law and rules in relation to criminal appeals with excellent strategic advice about appellate advocacy. If you argue criminal appeals, or want to, you will find this text to be an unparalleled resource at every stage of the appellate process and in every appellate court.”

— Jill R. Presser, BA (Hons), LLB

Criminal Appeals: A Practitioner’s Handbook is an essential guide to the strategic and procedural process of criminal appeals at all levels of court in Canada.

The handbook combines statutory framework with practical resources and advocacy advice. Chapters explore the types of criminal appeals, the procedural steps involved, written and oral argument, and the fresh evidence rule. Practical advice on appeals procedure, concrete guidance on drafting appeal factums, oral argument strategies, and model appeal factums and motions of appeal are also included in order to effectively guide readers through an appeal from start to finish.

Drawing on experience with criminal appeals at all levels of court, the author team offers a truly comprehensive and concrete treatment of the appeals process. Their insight makes this guide an indispensable resource for anyone incorporating criminal appeals into their practice.

This text is Volume 2 in Emond's Criminal Law Series.

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  • Foreword by Jill R. Presser
  • Practical advice on appeals procedure
  • Concrete guidance on drafting an appeal factum
  • Model appeal factums and motions of appeal
  • Oral argument strategies
  1. Introduction
  2. Nature of an Appeal and Statutory Jurisdiction
  3. Procedural Steps in an Indictable Appeal
  4. Grounds of Appeal
  5. The Factum
  6. Oral Argument
  7. Motions on Appeal
  8. Fresh Evidence
  9. Sentence Appeals
  10. Self-Representation/Inmate Appeals
  11. The Curative Proviso (s. 686(1)(b)(iii))
  12. Summary Conviction Appeals and Extraordinary Remedies
  13. Appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada

"In the foreword to this publication, Jill Presser describes it as 'an unparalleled resource at every stage of the appellate process.' This is not an overstatement. The authors have tackled the complexities and nuances of appellate practice and put together a book that is well-structured, comprehensive, and comprehensible. In doing so, they have brought to bear on the topic their considerable practical experience as appellate advocates leavened with just the right amount of academic insight.

The book consists of 11 chapters beginning with 'The Nature of an Appeal and Statutory Jurisdiction' and ending with 'Appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.' In between, whether it be procedural or substantive, the authors have left no stone unturned. This work is a well-spring of information as readily seen on a quick review of the table of contents and index. Further, the text is replete with pinpoint references to the reigning jurisprudence in all relevant areas.

Finally, the book contains a series of appendices which include model factums and various notices of application to serve as structural and procedural guides. As noted earlier, no stone has been left unturned.

All in all, this is an outstanding piece of work and the authors are to be congratulated."

— Richard C.C. Peck, Q.C., Peck and Company

Criminal Appeals: A Practitioner’s Handbook is a succinct, well-written, well-organized guidebook for appellate work in criminal cases. It delivers on its promise of being a practitioner’s handbook in both content and design.”

Read the full review here.

— Amy Kaufman, Head Law Librarian, Queen’s University
Excerpt from Canadian Law Library Review, (2018) Vol. 43 No. 1,
Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

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