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Entick v Carrington 1765 | Constitutional Law

Entick v Carrington 1765

Entick v Carrington [1765] EWHC KB J98 was a landmark legal case that took place in England in 1765. It was a case that dealt with the issue of the power of the government to conduct searches and seizures without a warrant. The case arose when John Entick, a writer, was accused of publishing seditious material in his newspaper, The Monitor. In order to gather evidence against him, government officials, including Nathan Carrington, broke into Entick's home and seized his papers and books.


Entick sued Carrington for trespass and won the case. The court ruled that the government officials had acted unlawfully, as they did not have a warrant or any legal authority to search Entick's home. The case established the principle that the government cannot search or seize a person's property without a warrant, and that individuals have the right to be secure in their homes.


The case is significant because it established the principle of individual liberty and the importance of the rule of law. It is often cited as a landmark case in the development of English constitutional law and is considered to be one of the key cases in the history of civil liberties.


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