Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Trover Definition:

An old English and common law legal proceeding against a person who had found someone else’s property and has converted that property to their own purposes.

Related Terms: Conversion

The action of trover did not ask for the return of the property but for damages in an amount equal to the replacement value of the property.

English law replaced the action of trover with that of conversion in 1852.

In Kostiuk, Justice Hunter noted that trover did not apply to real property and adopted this definition:

"A common-law action for the recovery of damages for the conversion of personal property...."


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