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Friday, 3 April 2009

Changes to warrant search powers

The Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 will amend various search-warrant provisions:

  • Crimes Act s 92 stolen-goods and Drugs, Poisons & Controlled Substances Act s 81 search warrants will be able to specify vehicles, not just premises
  • Any member will be able to execute Drugs, Poisons & Controlled Substances Act search warrants. (The County Court recently held that only the member named in the warrant could execute it.)


The Bill is proposed to commence the day after Royal Assent, or 1 October 2009.

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