reasonable and probable grounds

Before doing specific things, like charging you with a criminal offence or conducting a search, the police must have reasons to believe that you:

  • could have committed a criminal offence, or
  • have evidence or weapons related to a criminal offence.

Their reasons must be based on reliable information. Having reasonable and probable grounds is more than having a hunch or suspicion, but less than being able to show a balance of probabilities.

“Reasonable and probable grounds” and “reasonable grounds” mean the same thing.

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