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 6B - Carrying out of forensic procedures on volunteers and certain other persons  

    SECTION 23XWQ   Carrying out of forensic procedures on volunteers  

    (1)  
    In this Part:

    volunteer
    means a person:


    (a) who volunteers to a constable to undergo a forensic procedure; or


    (b) in the case of a child or incapable person - whose parent or guardian volunteers on the child or incapable person's behalf to a constable that the child or incapable person undergo a forensic procedure.

    (2)  


    A person (the authorised person ) is authorised to carry out a forensic procedure:


    (a) on a volunteer other than a child or an incapable person - with the informed consent of the volunteer given in accordance with section 23XWR ; or


    (b) on a volunteer who is a child or an incapable person:


    (i) with the informed consent of the parent or guardian of the volunteer given in accordance with section 23XWR or by order of a magistrate under section 23XWU ; and

    (ia) in a case where the informed consent of the parent or guardian of the volunteer is given in accordance with section 23XWR - after the constable concerned has informed the child or incapable person that, even though consent has been given, if he or she objects to or resists the carrying out of the forensic procedure it will not be carried out; and

    (ii) after the authorised person has informed the child or incapable person that, even though consent has been given or an order made, if he or she objects to or resists the carrying out of the forensic procedure it will not be carried out.

    (3)  
    This section only authorises a person to carry out a forensic procedure if the procedure is necessary, or incidental to, the carrying out of an AFP function.

    (4)  
    This section does not authorise a person to carry out a forensic procedure on a child or an incapable person who objects to or resists the carrying out of the forensic procedure.

    (5)  
    Division 6 applies to the carrying out of a forensic procedure under this Division as if the references to a suspect in that Division were references to a volunteer referred to in this section. A person is authorised by this section to carry out a forensic procedure on a volunteer in accordance with Division 6 as so applied and not otherwise.




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