What are the possible outcomes of an appeal?

The judge may increase the sentence, lower it, or refuse to interfere with what the trial judge ordered.

With respect to verdict appeals, the judge can:

  • Decide not to hear the appeal;

  • Hear the appeal and dismiss it;

  • Substitute a conviction on a lesser offense (and probably reduce the sentence);

  • Direct that the offender be acquitted; or

  • Order a new trial.

Mennonite Central Committee Canada. (2011). Getting through the maze: A guidebook for survivors of homicide.

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