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 8 - Destruction of forensic material  

    SECTION 23YC   Destruction of forensic material where interim order disallowed  

    23YC(1)  
    If an interim order for the carrying out of a forensic procedure made under section 23XA is disallowed after the forensic procedure is carried out, the investigating constable must ensure that:


    (a) all forensic material obtained as a result of the carrying out of the procedure is destroyed as soon as practicable after the disallowance; and


    (b) a copy of the results of any analysis of the forensic material are made available to the suspect.

    Note:

    Division 9 contains provisions about making copies of material available to the suspect.

    (2)  


    If an order for the carrying out of a forensic procedure made under section 23XWU or for the retention of forensic material under section 23XWV specifies a period for which forensic material obtained as a result of the carrying out of the procedure may be retained, the forensic material is to be destroyed as soon as practicable after the end of the period.



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