Basic Search Warrant Drafting Course
Law Enforcement or Criminal Law experience
The Basic Search Warrant Drafting Course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices involved in drafting warrants. Participants will learn how to draft warrants that comply with legal requirements, that ensure the admissibility of evidence and safeguards the Charter of Rights.
- Introduction to search warrant drafting and cold creative writing assignment
- Legal Foundations and constitutional considerations
- Warrant framework & pre-issue requirements
- Legal precedents and case studies
Understand the constitutional framework of search and seizure, and s. 487.
- Drafting techniques
- Structuring the Affidavit
- Articulation and creating a nexus.
- Specificity and particularity
- Constitutional pitfalls
- Findings and lessons learned in R. v. Baird, MBPC
Learn essential writing techniques and the art of nonfiction prose.
- Bill S-4
- Production Orders
- Introduce fact scenario.
- Editing/sourcing exercises
- Confidential Informants and tipsters
To compare with other judicial authorizations and understand the importance of sound writing and proper sourcing.
- Reports to Justices
- Drafting exercise – Writing your grounds for belief
- Legal precedents
To apply the theory that has been learned in the writing assignment.
- Adding your introduction and conclusion and putting it all together
- Discussion about Entry Warrants
- Submit final assignment.
- Mock court room session –
- Garafoli – crossing the affiant.
To understand the fundamentals of warrant writing with a level of comfort doing it on their own and understanding behind their work.
Five 8-hour Days
10 students optimally
PowerPoint, Smart Screen/Monitor, Laptop Computers