8 Power of justice of the peace to authorise entry and search of premises
8 Power of justice of the peace to authorise entry and search of premises

(1)     If on an application made by a constable a justice of the peace is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing—

(a)     that [an indictable offence] has been committed; and

(b)     that there is material on premises [mentioned in subsection (1A) below] which is likely to be of substantial value (whether by itself or together with other material) to the investigation of the offence; and

(c)     that the material is likely to be relevant evidence; and

(d)     that it does not consist of or include items subject to legal privilege, excluded material or special procedure material; and

(e)     that any of the conditions specified in subsection (3) below applies [in relation to each set of premises specified in the application],

he may issue a warrant authorising a constable to enter and search the premises.

[(1A)     The premises referred to in subsection (1)(b) above are—

(a)     one or more sets of premises specified in the application (in which case the application is for a “specific premises warrant”); or