CRIMES ACT 1914

Part IAAA - Delayed notification search warrants  

Division 8 - Unauthorised disclosure of information  

SECTION 3ZZHA   Unauthorised disclosure of information  

(1)  
A person commits an offence if:


(a) the person discloses information; and


(b) the information relates to:


(i) an application for a delayed notification search warrant; or

(ii) the execution of a delayed notification search warrant; or

(iii) a report under section 3ZZFA in relation to a delayed notification search warrant; or

(iv) a warrant premises occupier ' s notice or an adjoining premises occupier ' s notice prepared in relation to a delayed notification search warrant.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.

(2)  
Each of the following is an exception to the offence created by subsection (1):


(a) the disclosure is in connection with the administration or execution of this Part;


(aa) the disclosure is for the purposes of obtaining or providing legal advice related to this Part;


(b) the disclosure is for the purposes of any legal proceeding arising out of or otherwise related to this Part or of any report of any such proceedings;


(c) the disclosure is in accordance with any requirement imposed by law;


(d) the disclosure is for the purposes of:


(i) the performance of duties or functions or the exercise of powers under or in relation to this Part; or

(ii) the performance of duties or functions or the exercise of powers by a law enforcement officer, an officer of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, a staff member of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service or a person seconded to either of those bodies;


(da) the disclosure is made by anyone to the Ombudsman, a Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman or a member of the Ombudsman ' s staff (whether in connection with the exercise of powers or performance of functions under Division 7 , in connection with a complaint made to the Ombudsman or in any other circumstances);


(e) the disclosure is made after a warrant premises occupier ' s notice or an adjoining premises occupier ' s notice has been given in relation to the warrant;


(f) the disclosure is made after a direction has been given under subsection 3ZZDA(4) or 3ZZDB(4) in relation to the warrant.

Note:

A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) - see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .




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