Forensic Procedures

Any person suspected by police of committing an offence punishable by imprisonment may be required to submit to the following Forensic Procedures:

  • A finger prick for the purpose of obtaining DNA;
  • A buccal swab from their cheeks for the purpose of obtaining DNA; and
  • The taking of prints from their hands and/or fingers.

There are also more intrusive Forensic Procedures which may only be conducted if they are authorised by a police officer of or above the rank of inspector.  These procedures consist of:

  • The taking of prints of the Feet or Toes
  • an examination of a part of your body (but not an examination that can be conducted without disturbing your clothing and without physical contact with you)
  • the taking of a sample of biological or other material from your body
  • the taking of an impression or cast of a part of your body

The police officer of or above the rank of inspector may only authorise these Forensic Procedures once they have held a hearing into whether a Forensic Procedure should be authorised.  You have a right to make submissions and be represented by a solicitor at this hearing.

If you disobey the directions of a police officer in relation to the carrying out of a Forensic Procedure or otherwise resist police in the carrying out of a Forensic Procedure, this may be used as evidence against you in court.

Contact us for advice

We are able to provide you with representation at any hearings regarding forensic procedures and advise you as to your rights and obligations.