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Hutchison's Search Warrant Manual, 2015 Edition
By: Scott C. Hutchison, B.A., LL.B.
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This is a practical text, directed to the work of warrant preparation and it includes precedent paragraphs to assist in drafting

Topics covered in this guide to the legal and practical issues associated with the judicial pre-authorization of investigative techniques include the organizing principles of search and seizure in Canada, the nature of judicial preauthorization, warrant authorizing provisions, identifying the things to be searched for and seized, identifying the location to be searched, offences under investigation, computers and search warrants and specialized warrant provisions. It includes coverage of general drafting approaches and specific procedural issues. The 2015 Edition includes updates to the most recent developments in the law. This includes coverage of Bill C-13 which is pending before parliament. New sections in the 2015 Edition include:
  • Profiles of Possible Targets
  • Legal Issues Arising from R. v. Vu
  • Digital Number Recorder Warrants
Specific issues are also discussed including the legal developments in computers and search warrants, the expectation of privacy and the proposed Bill protecting Canadians against online crime. Appendices contain the relevant Criminal Code provisions.
About the Author

Scott Hutchison is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. His practice includes complex civil, criminal, regulatory and constitutional litigation, with a particular interest in white collar crime and appellate advocacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for Appellate Law and Criminal Defence and for in Chambers Canada in Dispute Resolution. He was appointed by the Attorney General and the Law Foundation of Ontario to the province’s Class Proceedings Committee.  He is a member of the Board of Innocence Canada, a group dedicated to correcting wrongful convictions.

His recent practice has included advising in relation to the defence of complex class actions, advising clients caught up in business crime investigations, and representing individuals and entities in serious criminal cases at all levels of court. He has argued numerous criminal and civil appeals and trials, including hundreds of matters in the Ontario Court of Appeal and more than two dozen cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. He appears regularly before senior professional discipline tribunals, the Ontario Securities Commission and similar tribunals.

From 1989 to 2005, Scott was counsel at the Crown Law Office-Criminal (Ontario) where he represented the Crown at all levels of court, including hundreds of appearances in the Court of Appeal and numerous appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada.

He is the author of a number of frequently cited legal texts, including Search and Seizure Law in Canada (Carswell); Hutchison’s Search Warrant Manual, 2015 (Carswell); Computer Crime in Canada (with Robert Davis); and is a past author of McWilliams Canadian Criminal Evidence (4th) (Canada Law Book).

Scott is a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Law Program. He is one of the Co-Chairs of the Osgoode Professional Development Program National Symposium on Search and Seizure Law in Canada. He is a popular speaker on a variety of legal topics. Scott writes and teaches extensively and was a member of the adjunct faculty of Queen’s University Law School where he taught Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy from 2005 to 2013. From 2006 to 2008 he also taught Advanced Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law.