Sentencing is a unique and important process for the criminal law practitioner. Ensuring offenders receive a fit sentence relies heavily on the efforts of both Crown and defence counsel. These materials, prepared by counsel with Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General, delve into the issues surrounding sentencing, broken down into three parts: an overview of the purpose, principles and objectives of sentencing under the Criminal Code and other relevant legislation; a look at the interplay between judicial discretion and appellate guidance in the sentencing process; and the sentencing process itself. Attached are valuable checklists, samples and precedents.
These materials were presented at LESA’s Criminal Advocacy – Summary Disposition and Sentencing Hearings seminar in May, 2015.
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