Sentence Appeals to the Alberta Court of Appeal, 1985-1992 - A Statistical Analysis of the Laycraft Court
AbstractThe author discusses areas of interest revealed by a statistical analysis of sentence appeals in the Alberta Court of Appeal during the Laycraft period. First he notes the uniqueness of the Alberta Court of Appeal among other Canadian appellate courts, Alberta having a larger amount of sentence appeals than any other jurisdiction. He then goes on to analyze appeals by type of offence, panel composition, the origin of the appeal, and other factors, in each revealing some surprising relationships. In particular, several myths about judicial sentencing are shown to lack statistical support.
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