Appealing on the Basis of Inadequate Reasons
Yesterday, Ian Hull tweeted on the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision of Aragona v. Aragona, 2012 ONCA 639.
There, the Court of Appeal dismissed, for the most part, an appeal by a guardian from a decision dismissing his application to pass accounts. The motions judge ordered that the guardian repay a significant amount to the estate; dismissed his claim for reimbursement for certain legal fees, and deprived the guardian of compensation.
The guardian appealed the finding that he had to repay funds to the estate on the basis that the application judge did not provide adequate reasons. The Court of Appeal noted that the appellate court’s focus is on whether the reasons explain what was decided and why the decision was made. “Ultimately, the test is whether the reasons permit reasonable appellate review.” The Court of Appeal found that, “Shortcomings notwithstanding”, the application judge’s reasons were adequate. The findings of the applications judge were supported by the record; the applications judge’s assessment of credibility was entitled to deference; and the application of the facts to the controlling legal principles leading to the conclusions reached was explained.
Tomorrow, I will look at the discussion of the application judge’s denial of compensation.
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