3.4 Prepare a written summary of your arguments

Last Reviewed: June 2023 Reviewed by: Court of Appeal Staff

It’s a good idea to prepare a written summary for your arguments for a reduction of sentence. This will help you organize your most important points before going into court. 

This summary is called the “appellant’s statement.” There is no standard form or format, but it should set out the following:

  • The precise grounds of appeal you’ll raise at the hearing.
  • The length and type of sentence you think is appropriate for the offence and you, the offender.
  • The positions that defence and Crown counsel recommended to the judge at the sentencing hearing.

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