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Supreme Court reins in warrantless searches

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 2:06 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

A person’s home remains his or her castle the Supreme Court of Canada has reaffirmed in a March 17 Charter judgment which forcefully reins in warrantless searches, while adding to the law on exclusion of evidence under s. 24(2) of the Charter, and deciding that the confessions rule does not apply in Charter voir dires.

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