The limited jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal
The prosecution seeks leave to appeal a judgment of the Superior Court, which acted in its capacity as a court of appeal. The right of appeal being sinuous, the Court of Appeal of Quebec had to clarify the question of its own jurisdiction.
The Reconciliation of incompatible verdicts pronounced by a jury
In R v RV, the Supreme Court ruled for the first time on the issue of inconsistent verdicts following jury instructions containing a legal error.
The pros of hiring an attorney: sentence negotiation
An undeniable advantage to retain the services of an attorney is the possibility that he may negotiate with the prosecution in order to obtain a sentence that is reasonable and acceptable for the accused. Moreover, when such a negotiation leads to a joint submission on sentence, the judge must generally abide by the suggestion.