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Three-line Appeal Court decision ‘makes Reader’s Digest look downright loquacious’: lawyer

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:48 PM | By Ian Burns

A recent three-line, 50-word decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal quashing a number of criminal convictions is raising eyebrows by some in the legal community, saying it does not pass muster in terms of providing for adequate appellate review. But a criminal lawyer says, given the settled nature of the law concerning unreasonable convictions, the short response is not too surprising.

The Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. John 2018 ABCA 217 was released June 13. In it, Justice Frederica Schutz enters acquittals...