This book began, a bit surprisingly, because of a trip to China. In 2006 Steve Coughlan of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University was invited to organize a group of Canadian criminal law scholars to attend an international seminar on the theory of criminal law at Shandong University in Jinan, China. In the wake of that conference, the chief organizer, Professor He Bingsong, expressed an interest in learning more about the law in Canada. In the course of putting together a bibliography and collection of books, it occurred to Steve that although there were many good books covering criminal law and procedure generally, and specialist volumes in some areas such as search and seizure, bail, or sentencing, no book devoted exclusively to the topics of detention and arrest existed.
With an initial idea, Steve enlisted the help of Glen Luther of the Faculty of Law, University of Saskatchewan. Glen contributed important ideas on the structure and coverage of the book, resulting in its reframing to the form it has now. The authors each undertook half of the initial writing, but, with first drafts in hand, they consulted closely, discussing and offering suggestions on one another’s work. This book is the result of their joint effort.
Like any other book, however, it is not the result solely of their efforts. Steve is grateful to the Foundation for Legal Research for their material support of this research project. He would also like to thank in particular Alex McNabb and Matt Kelly, both of whom undertook the role of research assistant with great industry and imagination, and con-
tributed greatly to the final form of the book. Glen would like to thank Nathan Forrester for his industry...