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 23XWT   Withdrawal of consent  

    (1)  
    If a volunteer, or parent or guardian of the volunteer, expressly withdraws consent to the carrying out of a forensic procedure under this Division (or if the withdrawal of such consent can reasonably be inferred from the volunteer's, parent's or guardian's conduct) before or during the carrying out of the forensic procedure:


    (a) the forensic procedure is to be treated from the time of the withdrawal as a forensic procedure for which consent has been refused; and


    (b) the forensic procedure is not to proceed except (in the case of a child or incapable person) by order of a magistrate under section 23XWU .

    (2)  
    If:


    (a) a forensic procedure is carried out on a volunteer under this Division; and


    (b) after the procedure is carried out, the volunteer, or the parent or guardian of the volunteer, expressly withdraws consent to retention of the forensic material taken or of information obtained from the analysis of that material;

    then, subject to any order made under section 23XWV , the forensic material and any information obtained from analysis of the material is to be destroyed as soon as practicable after the consent is withdrawn.

    (3)  
    A constable may request, but cannot require, a parent or guardian who withdraws consent to the carrying out of a forensic procedure under this Division to confirm the withdrawal of consent in writing.




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