IS CONFINEMENT NECESSARY BEFORE A PERSON CAN BE SAID TO BE FALSELY IMPRISONED?
False imprisonment is denying a person freedom of movement or personal liberty without lawful justification. It is a total restraint of a person without lawful justification. Thus any unlawful bodily restraint or confinement of a person, however short the period of time is false imprisonment.
For there to be false imprisonment, there need not be confinement in a police cell. The mere holding of a person’s arm, the mere holding of a person’s arm as when the police officer makes an arrest in the open street is sufficient. Thus one may be confined or falsely imprisoned in a house, vehicle, cell, prison, mine, street or in a specific locality such as a district or province, so long as the restraint is complete and the person is made to remain where he does not want to remain or go to where he does not want to go.