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In Brief: Section 8 of the Charter – The Right to be Secure Against Unreasonable Search or Seizure

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

This handout provides students with an overview of s. 8 of the Charter, including what privacy interests it protects and what constitutes a violation of s. 8. Students are introduced to the concept of ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ and how it relates to our protection under s. 8 of the Charter. They will enhance their understanding of different types of searches, including consent searches, searches with a warrant, ‘hot pursuit’ searches and those that are unconstitutional. Classroom activities encourage students to apply their knowledge to case studies and through role play.

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