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How can we protect our civil liberties as police powers expand?

Common Law Police Powers are judge-made powers that have been expanding in the Canadian legal system since 1985. seeks to provide information about these powers to better inform citizens of their individual rights and freedoms.

To learn more, click on the links below.


The Basics

The basics section provides an overview of common law police powers within the Canadian legal landscape and why it is important to understand how these powers limit our individual rights.


The Cases

The cases at the centre of our research have been organized by year, police power, province and level of court. Click below to learn about how these judge-made powers have expanded through the case law.

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Click below to find out more about common law police powers and the criminal law from leading experts in the field

News + Developments

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