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Keywords: Rylands v. Fletcher; tort; liability; public; body; authority; municipality; highway; repair; misfeasance; non-feasance; damages; statutory; nuisance; damage; negligence

Where an individual suffers a wrong or sustains a loss at the hands of a public body there are certain circumstances in which the public body enjoys immunity from liability. This project examines the immunity of highway authorities in British Columbia from liability for damage suffered by reason of their failure to maintain and repair their roads and certain related matters including the defence of statutory authority and the special immunity from the rule in Rylands v. Fletcher.