Sunday April 15, 2012

Canada’s Top Court: No Wiretap Without Warrants

The Supreme Court of Canada gave Parliament 12 months to rewrite a law allowing police warrantless wiretap power in the case of an emergency. The Court struck down the law on Friday, but will remain in effect until the new law is rewritten and enacted.

The decision doesn’t pose a risk to public safety while Parliament rewrites the notice provision, said lawyer Joe Wilkinson, counsel to the Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario, which intervened in the case.