Williams v R [1987] HCA 36 | 26 August 1987

ON 26 AUGUST 1987, the High Court of Australia delivered Williams v The Queen [1987] HCA 36; (1986) 161 CLR 278 (26 August 1987).

Powers of arrest without warrant must be conducted strictly as they interfere with an individual’s liberty. The police must bring an arrested person before a justice without unreasonable delay. The police are not entitled to delay this process to allow time for further questioning or investigation. The police may not arrest a person for the purpose of questioning.

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