On 5th June, the UK Law Commission said that the laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights.  The Commission says that the current system for granting warrants is too complicated and that there is a risk applications are not prepared properly or given sufficient scrutiny.  Not only that, investigations may be significantly hindered as search warrants do not reflect the modern world in which the internet and digital sources have a significant role.  The Home Office asked the Law Commission in December 2016 to identify and address problems with the law governing search warrants and to produce reforms which will clarify and rationalise the law.  A consultation has been launched, closing on 8th September.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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