The Parole Board of Canada (PBC)'s Appeal Division contributes to the quality of the PBC's decision-making process, and to the openness, professionalism and accountability of conditional release decisions.

The role of the Appeal Division is to ensure that:

  • The law and Board policy are respected,
  • The rules of fundamental justice are adhered to, and
  • The Board's decisions are based upon relevant, reliable and persuasive information.

An offender or a person acting on behalf of an offender may appeal a Board decision by sending a written notice stating the grounds for the appeal (as well as supporting documents) within two months after the original decision. The appeal is conducted by way of a file review.

The Appeal Division has jurisdiction to reassess the issue of risk to reoffend and to substitute its discretion for that of the original decision makers, but only where it finds that the decision was unreasonable and unsupported by the information available at the time the decision was made.

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