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SCC Decision: June 7, 2007

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R. v. Teskey, 2007 SCC 25
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(Criminal law / Reasons for judgment)
The accused was convicted at trial.  The trial judge issued sparse oral reasons, but more detailed written reasons for judgment followed, 11 months after the verdicts.  The accused's appeal was heard before the written reasons were issued, although the Court of Appeal considered those written reasons in upholding the convictions.  The Supreme Court held that it was improper for the Court of Appeal to have considered the written reasons, but also that reasons for judgment should generally follow soon after the verdict.  Justice must not only be done, it must appear to be done.
Majority/Dissenting: 6/3