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Alberta Law Update: What are Torts?

One of the first things that law school students learn about is torts. And yes, while a torte with an "e" is a cake, a tort without an "e" is not a cake. The word tort is french for wrong, although maybe it comes from the latin word for wrong which is tortum.


A tort is basically a civil wrong. Law school students learn all about torts in law school and I can recall suddenly seeing torts everywhere I looked after taking the class. Negligence, which we spoke about in this article https://www.flodenward.com/post/alberta-law-update-snails-in-the-ginger-beer-and-negligence, is a tort. There is a civil tort of assault, which is actually the threat to attack someone (not the actual attack). There is a tort called battery, which has nothing to do with batteries and involves attacking someone.


There are torts for many occasions: false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, trespass to land, trespass to chatttels, and a number of other others. There are many potential torts, and to list them all is well beyond the scope of this article.


If you have been wronged, and would like to know if it may be a tort, please feel free to contact us.

The information contained in this article is not legal advice. No solicitor client relationship is formed through this article. The reader is encouraged to retain counsel for advice in these matters.



This is not a picture of a tort. It is a picture of a torte.

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