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Supreme Court to Rule on Warrantless Wiretaps

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Ottawa – On Friday, April 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada will issue its decision in R. v. Tse, a case concerning the constitutionality of warrantless wiretaps conducted by the police. The BCCLA is an intervener in the case.

At issue is whether it is constitutional for the police to use wiretaps to intercept private communications in urgent situations without prior judicial authorization. The current law permits a broad group of persons – from mayors to fisheries guardians – to perform highly invasive warrantless searches without judicial oversight or other accountability mechanisms.

The BCCLA is represented by Roy Millen, Peter Hogg, Q.C. and Laura Cundari of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

The BCCLA’s argument at the Supreme Court of Canada is available here >>

What: Supreme Court of Canada to release judgment in R. v. Tse
When: BCCLA representatives will be available Thursday, April 12 for comment in advance of the judgment, and after the judgment on Friday, April 13. (The reasons will be issued at 6:45 am PST/ 9:45 am PST on Friday, March 23.)
Where: Supreme Court of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
Who: Lawyers for the BCCLA will be available for comment