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 In approving the class-action process, the Court of Appeal of Ontario said various reports on the events to date had made only non-binding recommendations.

The G-20 summit held in June 2010 saw more than one-thousand people arrested or detained in what was later described as one of the worst violations of civil liberties in Canadian history.

Police authorities in Toronto had wanted the Appeal Court to quash the class proceedings, which had already been subject to two lower court rulings.

It was not immediately clear when the class-action suits might be heard on their merits but a trial is likely months away.