Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2017-11-06 and last amended on 2017-10-18. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Use of force to prevent commission of offence

 Every one is justified in using as much force as is reasonably necessary

  • (a) to prevent the commission of an offence

    • (i) for which, if it were committed, the person who committed it might be arrested without warrant, and

    • (ii) that would be likely to cause immediate and serious injury to the person or property of anyone; or

  • (b) to prevent anything being done that, on reasonable grounds, he believes would, if it were done, be an offence mentioned in paragraph (a).

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 27.
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