By Alan Kilpatrick
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Sentencing Digest is a unique sentencing tool available to all members. This searchable resource contains short digests and summaries of sentencing appeals heard by the Court of Appeal from 1982 to the present. The Court of Appeal librarian attends all sentence appeals and creates a summary of the decisions. This resource is invaluable, as Court of Appeal judges do not always provide written reasons for sentence appeals. In many cases, the digest is the only record of a sentence appeal.
You can access the Court of Appeal Sentencing Digest directly from the Law Society Library homepage.
Let’s learn how to use the Court of Appeal Sentencing Digest to identify the sentencing range for a male young offender with fetal alcohol syndrome, charged with breaking and entering. Begin by typing in the charge, break & enter.
Next, type in the section number in the Criminal Code: criminal code & 348.
Continue by typing keywords that describe the other circumstances pertaining to this situation: fetal alcohol syndrome.
Finally, indicate that the individual charged is a male young offender.
The search located four Court of Appeal sentence appeals that match our search criteria. One of the results is displayed below.
The offence, Criminal Code section, and neutral citation are indicated at the top of the screen. The history and circumstances of this young offender appear in the centre of the screen. The prior record, additional convictions, original sentence, and disposition of the appeal appear at the bottom of the screen. In this case, we can see the original sentence was nine months open custody plus nine months probation and the sentence appeal was dismissed.
If you have any questions about the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Sentencing Digest, ask a Law Society Librarian. Library staff provide legal research assistance to members in person, on the telephone, or by email.
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