The Conduct of an Appeal Blog


In the Conduct of an Appeal Blog, we provide reliable and practical information about significant developments in appellate law and practice within Canada. This blog supplements the complete discussion of appellate law and practice found within the fourth edition of Sopinka and Gelowitz on the Conduct of an Appeal by the Honourable Justice John Sopinka, Mark Gelowitz, and David Rankin. Like Sopinka and Gelowitz on the Conduct of an Appeal, this blog addresses the jurisdiction and powers of appellate courts in civil and criminal matters in Canada, together with significant procedural developments in appellate courts, including the Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

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Sopinka and Gelowitz on the Conduct of an Appeal, 4th Edition

Appellate litigators and judges have turned to Sopinka and Gelowitz on the Conduct of an Appeal for guidance since its first publication in 1993. Now in its fourth edition, this authoritative text remains the go-to resource for both novice and seasoned litigators seeking direction on best practices in preparing and presenting appeals. Originally written by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice John Sopinka and Osler partner and litigator Mark Gelowitz, this latest edition adds Osler’s David Rankin as co-author. This up-to-date version is the most current textbook available on appellate practice in Canada and is invaluable for lawyers looking to avoid costly errors while gaining a deep understanding of the procedural and jurisdictional aspects of launching and conducting appeals.

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