Osgoode Hall Law Journal

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Appeals on the Merits

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This article deals with the limitations of judicial review and the possibilities of its augmentation or replacement by a regime of appeals on the merits. The author questions some assumptions that are commonly made about appellate structures. He criticizes the "broad-brush approach" and warns that there is no panacea. The article explains why any broad regime of appeals on the merits from tribunals to courts of general jurisdiction is not an available option, and it discusses alternative structures of appeals to tribunals. Finally, it explains why it would be irresponsible to propose any appellate structure covering any substantive subject except in the context of a comprehensive study of that subject.