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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 464O

Destruction of records

    (1)     In this section—

S. 464O(1)
def. of
destroy inserted by No. 35/2002 s. 4.

"destroy", in relation to a fingerscan, means permanently de-identify information—

        (a)     which identifies the person from whom the fingerscan was taken; or

        (b)     from which the person's identity may be ascertained;

S. 464O(1) def. of fingerprints inserted by No. 35/2002 s. 4, amended by No. 41/2004 s. 6.

"fingerprints" includes fingerscan taken under section 464NA or any other provision of this Subdivision;

"relevant offence" means—

        (a)     the offence in respect of which the fingerprints were taken; or

        (b)     any other offence arising out of the same circumstances; or

        (c)     any other offence in respect of which the fingerprints have probative value.

    (2)     If a person has been fingerprinted in accordance with this Subdivision and—

        (a)     the person has not been charged with a relevant offence at the end of the period of 6 months after the taking of the fingerprints; or

        (b)     the person has been so charged but the charge is not proceeded with or the person is not found guilty of the offence or any other relevant offence, whether on appeal or otherwise, before the end of that period—

the Chief Commissioner of Police must, subject to subsection (4), destroy the fingerprints and any record, copy or photograph of them, or cause them to be destroyed at the time specified in subsection (3).

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (2), fingerprints taken in accordance with this Subdivision and any record, copy or photograph of them must be destroyed

        (a)     where the person has not been so charged or the charge is not proceeded with, immediately after that period of 6 months; or

        (b)     where the person is not found guilty, within 1 month after the conclusion of the proceedings and the end of any appeal period.

S. 464O(4) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 36.26).

    (4)     A police officer may, within the period referred to in subsection (3)(a) or (b) and on one occasion only, apply without notice to any other person to the Magistrates' Court or the Children's Court (as the case requires) for an order extending the period by not more than 6 months within which the fingerprints and any record, copy or photograph of them must be destroyed.

    (5)     If a court makes an order under subsection (4), it must cause a copy of the order to be served on the person from whom the fingerprints were taken.

    (6)     If fingerprints or any record, copy or photograph of them are destroyed in accordance with this section, the Chief Commissioner of Police must give notice within 14 days of the destruction to the person from whom the fingerprints were taken.

S. 464O(7) amended by No. 69/1997
s. 22(14).

    (7)     A person who—

        (a)     fails to destroy; or

        (b)     uses or makes, or causes or permits to be used or made—

any record, copy or photograph of fingerprints required by this section to be destroyed is guilty of a summary offence punishable on conviction by a level 10 fine (10 penalty units maximum).

S. 464P inserted by No. 38/1988 s. 4, amended by No. 25/1989 s. 11(f), substituted by No. 129/1993 s. 7.



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