Excise Act 1901

PART IX - OFFICERS  

Division 1A - Search and seizure  

Subdivision B - Search warrants in respect of things believed to be evidential material  

SECTION 107BD   USE OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ON OR IN PREMISES  

107BD(1)  
The executing officer or a person assisting may operate electronic equipment on or in the premises to see whether evidential material is accessible by doing so if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that the operation of the equipment can be carried out without damage to the equipment.

107BD(2)  
If the executing officer or a person assisting, after operating the equipment, finds that evidential material is accessible by doing so, he or she may:


(a) seize the equipment and any disk, tape or other associated device; or


(b) if the material can, by using facilities on or in the premises, be put in documentary form - operate the facilities to put the material in that form and seize the documents so produced; or


(c) if the material can be transferred to a disk, tape or other storage device that:


(i) is brought to the premises; or

(ii) is on or in the premises and the use of which for that purpose has been agreed to in writing by the occupier of the premises;
operate the equipment to copy the material to the storage device and take the storage device from the premises.

107BD(3)  
The executing officer or a person assisting may seize equipment under paragraph (2)(a) only if it is not practicable to put the material in documentary form as mentioned in paragraph (2)(b) or to copy the material as mentioned in paragraph (2)(c).

107BD(4)  
If the executing officer or a person assisting believes on reasonable grounds that:


(a) evidential material may be accessible by operating electronic equipment on or in the premises; and


(b) expert assistance is required to operate the equipment; and


(c) if he or she does not take action under this subsection, the material may be destroyed, altered or otherwise interfered with:

he or she may do whatever is necessary to secure the equipment, whether by locking it up, placing a guard or otherwise.

107BD(5)  
The executing officer or a person assisting must give notice to the occupier of the premises of his or her intention to secure equipment and of the fact that the equipment may be secured for up to 24 hours.

107BD(6)  
The equipment may be secured:


(a) for a period not exceeding 24 hours; or


(b) until the equipment has been operated by the expert;

whichever first occurs.

107BD(7)  
If the executing officer or a person assisting believes on reasonable grounds that the expert assistance will not be available within 24 hours, he or she may apply to a judicial officer for an extension of that period.

107BD(8)  
The executing officer or a person assisting must give notice to the occupier of the premises of his or her intention to apply for an extension, and the occupier is entitled to be heard in relation to the application.

107BD(9)  
The provisions of this Subdivision relating to the issue of warrants apply, with such modifications as are necessary, to the issuing of an extension.




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