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Search warrant definition

What does Search warrant mean?

A search warrant is a judicial document authorising entry and or seizure of goods at a premises where the police act on suitably reliable and recent intelligence demonstrating a need for such entry without prior warning to the suspect.

A search warrant is usually granted by application to the local Justice of the Peace per section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, but the procedure is governed by Code B of that Act. Upon receiving intelligence that suggests the need for a warrant for search and seizure, the officer applying for that warrant must take reasonable steps to check the information is accurate, recent and not provided maliciously or irresponsibly. An application may not be made on the basis of information from an anonymous source if corroboration has not been sought. On this basis, the evidence is presented to the judicial authority, in writing, and the officer should be ready to answer questions on the object and need of the search, the address or addresses it is intended to cover, and the people it can be used against.


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