Bill to allow Commons searches with no warrant – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2008 in news, parliament, search & seizure, warrants by sally

“The vow by Commons Speaker Michael Martin to prevent ‘unauthorised’ raids on MPs’ offices in the wake of the Damian Green affair was seriously undermined last night as it emerged that the Government is preparing new laws to allow investigators to mount parliamentary searches without a warrant.”

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The Independent, 7th December 2008

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Protest threat to Speaker address – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2008 in news, parliament, police, search & seizure by sally

“The House of Commons Speaker is to make a statement over the decision to allow police to search the offices of shadow immigration minister Damian Green.”

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BBC News, 3rd December 2008

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R (Faisaltex Ltd and others) v Crown Court at Preston and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 25th, 2008 in judicial review, law reports, police, search & seizure, warrants by sally

R (Faisaltex Ltd and others) v Crown Court at Preston and another [2008] EWHC 2832 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 362

“A computer, or its hard disk, fell within the meaning of ‘material’ in s 8(1) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and was to be regarded as a single item or thing, rather than a container of a number of things, so that, where there were reasonable grounds for believing that it contained material evidence, a warrant under s 8 could properly specify a computer or similar item even if it were likely to contain irrelevant material.”

WLR Daily, 24th November 2008

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Taxman misled court into granting search warrants – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2008 in HM Revenue & Customs, judicial review, news, search & seizure by sally

“Search warrants executed by Revenue & Customs at the offices of a tax consultancy were held to be unlawful by the High Court today.”

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The Times, 13th November 2008

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Redknapp and Another v Commissioner of the City of London Police and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted June 16th, 2008 in law reports, search & seizure, warrants by sally

Redknapp and Another v Commissioner of the City of London Police and Another

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“Reasons for seeking the issue of an search warrant had to be set out to make it valid. For its execution to be lawful, the occupier of the premises had to be shown and given a copy of the warrant. ”

The Times, 16th June 2008

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Khan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Posted June 16th, 2008 in law reports, search & seizure, warrants by sally

Khan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“Police powers to enter and search a premises without a warrant, could be used only where those premises were, in fact, occupied or controlled by a person under arrest, and not where the police had merely a reasonable belief that the suspect occupied or controlled the premises.”

The Times, 16th June 2008

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Khan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Posted June 9th, 2008 in law reports, search & seizure, warrants by sally

Khan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; [2008] WLR (D) 182

“S 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (as amended by s 111, Sch 7, Pt 3 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005), which gave the police the power to enter and search a premises occupied or controlled by a person under arrest without a warrant, should be construed literally so that the power could only be used where the premises were, in fact, occupied or controlled by a person who was under arrest.”

WLR Daily, 6th June 2008

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Redknapp v Commissioner of the City of London Police and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 5th, 2008 in law reports, search & seizure, warrants by sally

Redknapp v Commissioner of the City of London Police and another [2008] EWHC 1177 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 179

“A warrant authorising the entry and search of premises issued under s 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 was unlawful if the application did not identify which of the four conditions specified in s 8(3) of the Act was being relied on. Further, the execution of such a warrant was invalidated by a failure to satisfy the requirements of s 16(5) of the Act, which provided that when premises were occupied, the officer executing the warrant must not only produce the warrant to the person in occupation, but also supply him or her with a copy of it.”

WLR Daily, 4th June 2008

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Get ready to be raided – The Times

Posted December 11th, 2007 in investigatory powers, privilege, search & seizure, special report by sally

“Companies get no warning about early morning raids by authorities, but they can put in place procedures to deal with them.”

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The Times, 11th December 2007

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Regulator’s search of IVF clinic was illegal, says high court – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2007 in embryology, news, search & seizure by sally

“IVF doctors last night called for resignations and a full investigation by the Department of Health after the high court ruled that the fertility regulator had unlawfully obtained warrants to search a clinic on the eve of a Panorama documentary. The British Fertility Society, representing the doctors, said the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority had lost the trust of the clinics it regulates following the high court victory of Mohamed Taranissi, the controversial IVF doctor who has the best success rates in the country.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2007

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