Supreme Court Ruling

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The identity of people giving tips to Crime Stoppers has been protected by the Supreme Court of Canada

Canada's highest court ruled unanimously on February 16th, 1997 that police do not have to disclose any information they receive from this internationally recognized crime prevention program.

Read entire judgement : R. v. Leipert - Canadian Legal Information Institute


"The rule of informer privilege is of such fundamental importance to the workings of a criminal justice system that it cannot be balanced against other interests relating to the administration of justice. Once the privilege has been established, neither the police nor the court possesses discretion to abridge it. The privilege belongs to the Crown, which cannot waive it without the informer's consent. In that sense, the privilege also belongs to the informer. The privilege prevents not only disclosure of the informer's name, but also of any information which might implicitly reveal his identity."

"The value of informers to police investigations has long been recognized. As long as crimes have been committed, certainly as long as they have been prosecuted, informers have played an important role in their investigation."

"McEachern C.J.B.C. concluded by commending Crime Stoppers for the valuable public service it provides.