Appellate advocacy is complicated and time consuming. As a consequence, many criminal defence lawyers are not involved in this area of practice. Our lawyers have developed a very successful track record arguing both Conviction and Sentence appeals before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (for summary conviction matters) and the Alberta Court of Appeal (for indictable matters).
Criminal trials can be unpredictable at times. It is comforting to know that, no matter what happens, you will have a lawyer that understands what it will take to win at the appellate stage. While many lawyers are not thinking of the next possible step in the process, our lawyers always protect the record upon which appeals are argued. On a regular basis, they ensure that possible appeal issues are embedded within the record of the trial process.
Our lawyers can also assist you with applying for and achieving bail pending appeal. This means that, despite being convicted and sentenced, it is possible to be on bail and living in the community while awaiting a decision on your appeal.
Some examples of our lawyers’ appellate work include:
- R. v. M.R. - successfully argued for a new trial on behalf of an individual previously convicted of three counts of first-degree murder
- R. v. K.C. - successfully argued for a new trial in a case involving a conviction for Robbery with a Firearm and excessive judicial intervention at the trial stage
- R. v. M.K. – successfully argued for a new trial on behalf of an individual previously convicted of first-degree murder.
- R. v. K.M. – successfully argued for a new trial on behalf of an individual previously convicted of refusing to provide a breath sample.