Thursday, January 16, 2014

Court of Appeal direction regarding sentencing is mandatory

R. v. Jafarian, 2014 ONCA 9:

[3]          However, the trial judge erred in principle in using the sentencing of the appellant as an opportunity to send a message that sentences for this kind of offences were “ridiculously low” because of the direction of this court. The trial judge is obliged to accept the direction of this court and should have concentrated on the specifics of the offence and the circumstances of the offender.

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