The Alberta Ombudsman analyzes administrative fairness across a broad range of formal and informal decisions. Establishing a one-size-fits-all model for good decision-writing may not be practical. To a certain extent, writing is a matter of one’s own distinctive style and decision-makers should have the freedom to respond to a case’s unique characteristics without having to adhere to a rigid set of rules. Even so, there are fundamental elements that can be applied in writing a good decision.
The Alberta Ombudsman recommends the following be considered in preparing decisions that reflect administrative fairness, professionalism and accuracy.