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Criminal Law - Rights when dealing with police

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CLEONet Has Re-Launched at Your Legal Rights
Produced by CLEO
Produced in 2011
Your Legal Rights is the new, improved, and expanded website of legal information for people in Ontario. The new site has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.
Available in English


House Party
Produced by Justice for Children and Youth
Produced in 2011
The spring 2011 issue of the Justice for Children and Youth newsletter looks at some of the legal issues that might arise when young people attend house parties. It discusses assault, alcohol, property damage, drunk driving, drugs, and the rights of youth when in contact with the police.
Available in English


Post-G20 Action Guide
Produced by Law Union of Ontario
Produced in 2011
While this guide covers specific legal issues that came up during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, the information in it is relevant to anyone in Ontario whose rights may have been violated by police. It includes information on how to hold police accountable for wrongful action and get compensation and justice for any wrong done.
Available in English


Know Your Rights
Produced by Jane-Finch.com
Produced in 2010
Know Your Rights is a video that aims to give people, and particularly youth from Toronto's Jane-Finch neighbourhood, information about their rights when dealing with police, an understanding of powers of arrest, detention, and search, strategies to deal with situations relating to police contact, and an understanding of what recourse is available when someone experiences an abuse of police power.
Available in English


Office of the Independent Police Review Director
Produced by Office of the Independent Police Review Director
Produced in 2010
The web site of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director has information on how to make a complaint against the police and what the complaint investigation process involves.
Available in English, French/français


Questions about human rights and the G20 events in Toronto
Produced by Human Rights Legal Support Centre
Produced in 2010
This resource has information about what human rights protection a person has under the Ontario Human Rights Code, how that protection extends to people who think they were discriminated against by the police during the G20 events, and how to file an application under the Human Rights Code.
Available in English, French/français


Do you know a woman who is being abused? A Legal Rights Handbook
Produced by CLEO
Produced in 2009
This handbook provides information on many legal issues faced by women who are abused by their partners.
Available in English, French/français


Police Powers: Stops and Searches
Produced by CLEO
Produced in 2009
This booklet sets out the rights of a person who is stopped, questioned, searched, arrested, or detained by the police.
Available in English, French/français


Police Records Searches and Vulnerable Person Screenings
Produced by Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO)
Produced in 2008
Prepared for people diagnosed with mental illness, this guide describes what a police record is and what information employers or volunteer agencies receive when they request a records check for an applicant.
Available in English


Talking to police: Why you need a lawyer
Produced by CLEO
Produced in 2005
This booklet explains why it is important for young people to talk to a lawyer before they make a statement to the police.
Available in English, French/français