Reasonable belief

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The standard required to authorize many police powers, such as obtaining a search warrant or arresting a person without a warrant. Reasonable belief as a standard to arrest requires that the arresting officer subjectively believe that the suspect has committed the offence and that objectively a reasonable person would reach the same conclusion. Reasonable grounds do not require as much evidence as a prima facie case, but do require that the thing believed be more likely than not.

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