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 11A - Operation of this Part in relation to certain incidents  

    SECTION 23YUG   Use of information on DNA database systems  

    23YUG(1)  


    Despite section 23YDAE , a person may access information stored on the Commonwealth DNA database system or NCIDD if:


    (a) the access is for the purpose of forensic comparison under a law of a State or Territory relating to forensic procedures and DNA databases; and


    (b) the forensic comparison is for a permitted purpose.

    23YUG(2)  


    Despite any law of a State or Territory relating to forensic procedures and DNA databases, a person may access information stored on the Commonwealth DNA database system, NCIDD or a State/Territory DNA database system if:


    (a) the access is for the purpose of forensic comparison under this Part; and


    (b) the forensic comparison is for a permitted purpose.

    23YUG(3)  


    Despite section 23YDAE or any law of a State or Territory relating to forensic procedures and DNA databases, a person may access information stored on the Commonwealth DNA database system, NCIDD or a State/Territory DNA database system if the access is for the purpose of disclosing that information under section 23YUI .



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