Street Checks Legal Opinion

Oct 18, 2019

Since the Commission’s release of Dr. Wortley’s street checks report there has been considerable questioning surrounding the issue of the legality of street check practices. Dr. Wortley recommended in section 2.1 of his report that an independent legal opinion regarding the lawfulness of street check practices be sought.

The Commission hired the Honourable J. Michael MacDonald, former Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, to provide the independent legal opinion concerning the legality of street checks practices. Below you will find an executive summary and copy of the full legal opinion.