CRIMES ACT 1914
Simplified outline of operation of Part
This Part provides for forensic procedures to be carried out on:
If the carrying out of a forensic procedure is authorised under this Part, it must be carried out in accordance with rules and procedures set out in Division 6 .
If a forensic procedure covered by this Part is carried out without proper authority under this Part, evidence obtained through the procedure may be inadmissible in proceedings against the suspect (Division 7 ).
However, certain rules are modified or do not apply if the forensic procedure is carried out in response to a request by a foreign country or an international tribunal, or a request by a foreign law enforcement agency (Division 9A ).
This Part also:
This section applies where:
(a) a constable intends to ask a suspect to consent to a forensic procedure; and
(b) the constable does not believe on reasonable grounds that the suspect is an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander. (2)
A suspect not covered by section 23WE gives informed consent to a forensic procedure if the suspect consents after a constable:
(a) asks the suspect to consent to the forensic procedure under section 23WH ; and
(b) informs the suspect, in accordance with the regulations and section 23WJ , of the matters mentioned in that section; and
(c) (Repealed by No 24 of 2012)
(d) gives the suspect a reasonable opportunity to communicate, or attempt to communicate, with a legal practitioner of the suspect's choice and, subject to subsection (3), to do so in private.
If the suspect is in custody, the constable need not allow the suspect to communicate, or attempt to communicate, with the legal practitioner in private if the constable suspects on reasonable grounds that the suspect might attempt to destroy or contaminate any evidence that might be obtained by carrying out the forensic procedure.