Filed Under: Criminal Law

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


An arrest consists of words of arrest accompanied either by the touching of the person with a view to detention or by the person submitting to the arrest. The word “arrest” need not be used, provided the accused can be reasonably supposed to have understood that they are under arrest. Arrest powers are given in the Criminal Code to everyone, including private citizens, and additional arrest powers are given to property owners and peace officers.


The act of restraining, seizing, or physically detaining a person by legal authority.

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