Case Report – BCCA says non-occupant has standing to challenge search warrant

In a fact-driven award released on January 2nd, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that an accused person who did not occupy premises discovered to be a grow operation had standing to challenge a search of the premises.

The accused lived elsewhere, but the Court inferred possession and control from evidence showing the accused was the owner, possessed keys and was seen there on a few occasions in the two weeks before the search. It held that the trial judge erred in denying standing merely because the accused was not an occupant and that based on possession and control and all the circumstances, the accused had a reasonable expectation of privacy that he was entitled to exercise.

R. v. Vi, 2008 BCCA 481 (CanLII).

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