How has the common law treated the sanctity of the home?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from R. v. Barnhill and Barnhill, 2006 BCSC 42 (CanLII):

The sanctity of the home has been recognized in the common law for centuries. In Eccles v. Bourque, 1974 CanLII 191 (SCC), [1975] 2 S.C.R. 739 Dickson J. referred at p. 743 to the principle stated in Semaynes Case in 1604 (5 Co. Rep. 91a, 77 E.R. 194) that: … the house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose…

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