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CRIMES ACT 1900 - SECT 210H

Crime scene—duration

    (1)     A crime scene takes effect when it is established at a place under section 210E and continues in effect until the earliest of the following has occurred:

        (a)     if the crime scene is established at private premises—6 hours have elapsed;

        (b)     if the crime scene is established in relation to a conveyance moved under section 210G (2) (g)— 48 hours have elapsed;

        (c)     the consent of the owner or occupier of the premises under section 210D (1) to establish the crime scene (other than in relation to a serious offence) is withdrawn;

        (d)     a police officer starts executing a warrant to search the place;

        (e)     an application for a warrant to search the place is refused;

        (f)     it is no longer reasonably necessary to protect or preserve evidence at the place in relation to the offence.

    (2)     However, a period of time mentioned in subsection (1) (a) or (b) does not apply to a crime scene if the owner or occupier of the place consents to the crime scene continuing in effect after the period of time.



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