R v Sahal
Response or Comment
Criminal Law, Canada, Charter, Arbitrary Detention or Imprisonment, Unreasonable Search and Seizure, Reasonable Grounds, Right to Counsel, Detention, Arrest or Detention
The key question in the case was whether police had met the reasonable suspicion standard in detaining the accused for investigative purposes. That is a relatively easily met standard, requiring only the reasonable possibility of crime, and the Supreme Court has acknowledged that that means that innocent people will end up being stopped because of it. Nonetheless, Justice Copeland found here that the standard was not met on the evidence before her.
Stephen Coughlan, "R v Sahal", Case Comment, (2021) 68 CR (7th) 136.