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 23XWS   Recording of giving of information and consent  

    (1)  
    The constable must, if practicable, ensure that the giving of the information about the proposed forensic procedure and the volunteer's or volunteer's parent's or guardian's responses (if any) are tape recorded.

    (2)  
    If tape recording the giving of information and the volunteer's, parent's or guardian's responses (if any) is not practicable, the constable must ensure that:


    (a) a written record of the giving of the information and the volunteer's, parent's or guardian's responses (if any) is made; and


    (b) a copy of the record is made available to the volunteer, parent or guardian.

    Note 1:

    Division 9 contains provisions about making copies of material (including copies of tapes) available to volunteers.

    Note 2:

    If a foreign law enforcement agency requests that a forensic procedure be carried out on a volunteer, a copy of the tape recording or the written record may also be provided to the foreign law enforcement agency: see subsection 23YQD(2) .




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