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Search and Surveillance Act 2012 - new powers - Webinar Package

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Michael Heron Dale la Hood
Michael Heron
Russell McVeagh
Dale La Hood
Luke, Cunningham and Clere

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Presentation time: 120 minutes

The Search and Surveillance Act 2011 is a major overhaul and reform of the legislation surrounding search, surveillance and inspection powers. It impacts on a wide number of legal, government, and regulatory agencies.

The new Act covers powers that were previously spread over 69 Acts and removes earlier inconsistencies.  It includes areas that were not previously regulated, addresses new technologies and ensures the powers available to different agencies are appropriately balanced.  

This webinar will discuss the impact of the key changes, examine the new separation between police-only and enforcement officer powers, and look at the implications of the newest search and surveillance provisions.  

You will learn what the new powers are, how they are accessed and how they can be used.

You will cover:
  • Search warrants
  • Warrantless powers
  • Execution of searches, including of computer systems, people and vehicles
  • Production orders and monitoring powers
  • Interception and surveillance
  • Privilege, confidentiality and immunity.

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Authors: Michael Heron, Dale La Hood
Published: 5 June, 2012
Pages: 82



The Search and Surveillance Act 2012 is a major change to New Zealand criminal procedure law. While it draws on and in some cases codifies the previous law, it also introduces totally new powers and regulation. Even in relation to those areas of the law that remain broadly unchanged police officers, departmental enforcement officer, lawyers and judges alike will have to come to terms with new statutory details. In this respect the Act is similar to the reform brought about by the Evidence Act 2006: a few large changes; many small changes; and a new and comprehensive point of reference for enforcement action and legal argument.

Broadly speaking, the Act does two things: first, it creates powers, some new and some similar to the previous law to greater and lesser extents; and secondly, it regulates powers, both those created by the Act itself, and those contained in other (pre-existing) enactments. Evident throughout is a balancing of two major competing purposes: the requirements of law enforcement on the one hand and those of human rights on the other (see ss 5(b) and 5(c) respectively).

The structure of the paper is functional, rather than conforming the structure of the Act (although there are some common boundaries). Chapter 1 discusses both the Act’s new general search warrant (replacing s 198 of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957) and its regulation of search warrants generally. Chapter 2 discusses warrantless powers of entry and search, most of which are available to police only. Chapter 3 looks in detail at the specialist area of computer searches, for which the Act makes new and technologically up-to-date provision. Chapter 4 analyses the new regime under the Act for surveillance and interception by law enforcement officers, which is perhaps the biggest area of reform (and, after R v Hamed [2011] NZSC 101, (2011) 25 CRNZ 326, the most controversial). Chapter 5 analyses the new regime for production and examination orders, while Chapter 6 discusses the Act’s detailed regulation of the execution of various powers under it (sitting alongside the high-level human rights regulation of s 21 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990). Finally, Chapter 7 discusses privilege, immunities and other miscellaneous matters.

Through the discussion of the above areas, the booklet seeks to present a comprehensive introduction to the substantive provisions of the Act, with a particular emphasis on those sections likely to be of the most practical importance. In addition, it identifies some of the legal issues that are likely to arise and potential problems or deficiencies of clarity in the new provisions, and attempts to place the Act in its wider legal, law enforcement and human rights context.


PowerPoint Presentation

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Number of Slides: 86

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