Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Zealand Law Commission Consultation on Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations

The Law Commission of New Zealand is conducting a comprehensive review of the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act 1995. The Act provides the New Zealand Police with powers to collect, retain, and use DNA in criminal investigations.

The purpose of this review is to determine whether the current legislation is fit for purpose and whether it is keeping pace with developments in forensic science, international best practice and public attitudes, in relation to the collection, retention and use of DNA in criminal investigations. The review will also examine whether the Act gives appropriate recognition to both law enforcement values and human rights, including the right to privacy.

The Commission released an Issues Paper on December 18, 2018 that will serve as the basis for a consultation ending March 31, 2019. Pages 80 to 82 of the paper contain a cross-jurisdictional comparison of DNA practices in Scotland, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and the United States.

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