Searches

Searches guidance:

The procedure for the hearing of an application for access to the information and material used to obtain a search warrant or comparable order, where the investigator...

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This Practice Note explains the procedure to apply for the retention of property seized following a search under section 59(5) of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001...

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Any informal request or formal application for the return of property seized by an investigating authority during a criminal investigation will depend on the authority...

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This Practice Note provides a quick reference guide to the bodies that have the power to raid organisations, their authority for doing so and the scope of their powers....

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What type of police could I encounter? The police broadly investigate most offences in the UK. The police force in the UK has different divisions depending on geography...

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Retention and destruction of fingerprints and samples under PACE 1984 The procedure for the taking, retaining and destroying fingerprints, footwear impressions, DNA...

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Immigration officers (IOs) have a number of statutorily-conferred powers to enter premises to search for persons and evidence and, on entry, to arrest persons and seize...

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This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Note: Obtaining excluded material and special material under PACE 1984 which explains the power under...

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Search and seizure—the law The FCA has the power under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA 2000), s 176 to apply to a magistrate for a warrant to enter...

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A suspect's fingerprints can always be taken if they consent. Where the suspect is at the police station and gives consent for their fingerprints to be taken, their...

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HMRC can investigate suspected tax-related criminal offences in England and Wales using the powers, and subject to the safeguards, in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act...

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HMRC's information powers in Schedule 36 to the Finance Act 2008 (FA 2008) (see Practice Note: HMRC information powers) are supplemented by data-gathering powers in...

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Intimate Samples from a detained suspect An intimate sample is: • a sample of blood, semen or any other tissue fluid, urine or pubic hair • a dental impression, or • a...

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Authorising and ordering intimate searches An intimate search is the physical examination of any of the suspect’s body orifices other than the mouth. This is a physical...

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The aim of this Practice Note is to provide some guidance on the principles of legal professional privilege (LPP) as they apply in criminal investigations and...

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The aim of this Practice Note is to provide some guidance about how best to ensure that legal professional privilege (LPP) is maintained for the client during the various...

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The police have wide powers to take non-intimate samples from a person under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984). Non-intimate samples are defined as...

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Searches of premises during criminal investigations may be conducted on the authority of a warrant issued by a court, or without warrant under a number of statutory...

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Section 9 and Schedule 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984) afford access to material that cannot be obtained by an application to the magistrates’...

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Additional requirements have been imposed by the courts where investigators have sought to exercise their powers under section 352 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA...

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Search on arrest–away from the police station A person who has been arrested at a place other than a police station may be searched by a police officer under the Police...

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The powers of the police to enter and search premises are both extensive and various. The police may search premises on the authority of a warrant from a court, or...

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Lawful authority to seize and retain property (subject to legal professional privilege) following a search of premises can be achieved in four different ways: • under a...

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Familiarity with stop and search powers is important because where a search leads to an arrest, the legality of the stop and search that preceded it can have an impact on...

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