Criminal Appeals

There are two types of appeals in criminal cases. The first is an appeal against conviction (or against acquittal if the Crown is appealing). The second is an appeal against the sentence imposed. A person who is unhappy about the outcome of his or her trial (or sentencing) may bring an appeal, in which the appeal court is asked to reverse the trial court. An appellant who is in jail may apply for release on bail pending his or her appeal.

The appellate process is specialized, and only a handful of lawyers in Vancouver appear regularly in the Court of Appeal. It is important to retain counsel familiar with the procedure and the nature of criminal appeals.

Two of our lawyers served as law clerks to appellate judges, and acquired insight into the appellate process at an early stage. Our office has extensive experience in criminal appeals, including dozens of cases at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and leading cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.