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A search warrant is a court order that a magistrate or judge issues to authorize law enforcement officers to conduct a search of a person, location, or vehicle for evidence of a crime and to confiscate any evidence they find. In most countries a search warrant cannot be issued in aid of civil process.
Jurisdictions that respect the rule of law and a right to privacy constrain police powers, and typically require search warrants or an equivalent procedure for searches police conducted in the course of a criminal investigation. The laws usually make an exception for hot pursuit: a police officer following a criminal who has fled the scene of a crime has the right to enter a property where the criminal has sought shelter. This contrasts with authoritarian regimes, where police typically can search property and people without having to provide justification or secure court permission.

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    NSW Is this search warrant vaild.

    A friend who had a search warrant executed. The offence on the warrant was mistyped. So they offence listed on the warrant a common law offence does not exist. Does this mean the warrant was invaild. Thanks Veron
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    WA Is this W.A search warrant valid?

    I was served with search warrant. The jp issuing date was 9/9/2019. But the execution date was 8/9/2019. Is this a valid warrant?
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    Queensland Search Warrabt

    If a search warrant in QLD is approved by a JP, must the JPs actual name be on the search warrant or can they say " I, a JUSTICE, am satisfied there are reasonable grounds..."
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    WA Are Police Allowed to Edit Copies of Search Warrant?

    My home was searched. Upon receiving bail, I noticed the copy of the search warrant left at the premises had no date or time of issue. And it was also edited to read differently. Are police allowed to edit their copies in WA? I am pleading not guilty. Can anyone offer anything in regards to my...
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    Hi If the police come to your door with a search warrant are they supposed to show or give you a copy of the search warrant so that you can read it? If they don't can this make the search invalid. Thank you.
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    WA Misuse of drugs search warrant

    Hi guys, I have a couple of questions regarding a misuse of drugs search warrant. How many copies of the warrant are there ( I was told 3 ) and must each copy be dated and signed? Does the officer whos in charge of the search have to execute the warrant or can any officer? What's the...
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    QLD Stale Information on Search Warrant - Help?

    Hi I'm going to court to fight a charge by the police. It's a minor charge. Anyway, on 28/8/1016, the police forcibly entered my premises and issued a search warrant. The warrant reason says "on 14/7/2015, I was in possession of dangerous drugs and utensils, namely canabis and...
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    VIC Search warrant, incorrect address, non related offence found

    Just had 2 detectives and 2 uniformed offices arrive with a search warrant for stolen goods re my 18 year old son who lives with me. Long story short, nothing found, but after I sat down and read the warrant properly , it had my sons name but incorrect address They did find some shotgun shells...
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    VIC possible incorrect execution of search warrant and police complaint

    I have already lodged a formal complaint against Victoria Police in relation to two search warrants that I believe were executed incorrectly. WARRANT 1 is under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 - Section 81 WARRANT 2 is under the Magistrates Court Act 1989 - Section 57, 75...
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    WA Arrest Warrant for Two Years - Can I Travel to Sydney?

    Hi I have been in and out of the country several times in the last 3 years. I have been in mine for 6 months but the other week the police knocked on the door at my old residence in Perth and said there was a warrant out for my arrest and has been for over 2 years? I am meant to be in Sydney...