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 6A - Carrying out of certain forensic procedures after conviction of serious and prescribed offenders  

    SECTION 23XWOA   Securing the presence of offender at hearing - offender in custody  

    (1)  
    If:


    (a) an application is made under section 23XWO to a judge or magistrate for an order under that section for the carrying out of a forensic procedure on an offender; and


    (b) the offender is in custody or is otherwise detained under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory ( original custody );

    the judge or magistrate may, on the application of a constable, issue a warrant directing the person holding the offender to deliver the offender into the custody ( temporary custody ) of the constable for the hearing of the application.

    (2)  
    If the judge or magistrate refuses to make the order under section 23XWO , the constable given temporary custody of the offender must return the offender to the place of original custody without delay.

    (3)  
    If the judge or magistrate makes the order under section 23XWO , the judge or magistrate may:


    (a) order the constable given temporary custody of the offender:


    (i) to convey the offender to the nearest premises where facilities for carrying out the procedure in accordance with this Part are available to that constable; and

    (ii) to return the offender to the place of original custody without delay after the procedure is carried out; or


    (b) order the constable given temporary custody of the offender to return the offender to the place of original custody without delay.




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