CRIMES ACT 1914

Part ID - Forensic procedures  

Simplified outline of operation of Part

This Part provides for forensic procedures to be carried out on:

  • · suspects in relation to indictable offences (Divisions 3 , 4 and 5 ); and
  • · offenders in relation to prescribed and serious offences (Division 6A ); and
  • · volunteers (Division 6B ).
  • 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:

  • · contains offences in relation to the Commonwealth DNA database system and the National Criminal Investigation DNA Database ( NCIDD ) (Division 8A ); and
  • · provides for the whole or a part of the Commonwealth DNA database system to be integrated with the whole or a part of one ore more State/Territory DNA database systems to form part of NCIDD (Division 8A ); and
  • · provides for the exchange of information in the Commonwealth DNA database system or a State/Territory DNA database system and the protection of the information that is exchanged (Division 11 ); and
  • · provides for the destruction of forensic material (Division 8 ).
  • Division 6 - Carrying out forensic procedures on suspects  

    Subdivision F - Procedure after forensic procedure is carried out  

    SECTION 23XW   23XW   Results of analysis  


    If:


    (a) material from a sample taken from a suspect is analysed in the investigation of the offence; and


    (b) before or after the analysis, the suspect has requested the investigating constable that a copy of the results of any analysis be provided to the suspect;

    then the investigating constable must ensure that, within 14 days of the analysis or of the request (whichever is the later):


    (c) a copy of the results of the analysis is provided to the suspect; and


    (d) if the DNA profile derived from that material has been matched, as part of the investigation of the offence, under section 23YDAF with a DNA profile placed on the crime scene index in relation to the offence - the suspect is informed in writing of that match.




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