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Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Section 62: Use of inextricably linked property

179.This section provides that inextricably linked property should not be examined or copied or used for any purpose other than for facilitating the use in any investigation or proceedings of property to which it is inextricably linked. For example, the Serious Fraud Office may have seized a computer hard drive under section 50 because it contains an undated document they consider is evidence in a fraud prosecution. By virtue of section 53(3)(c) they may retain the whole hard drive if it is required to prove the date the document was created or amended. Section 62 ensures that whilst there will be other material on the hard drive, that material and the drive itself can only be used to facilitate the use in proceedings of the undated document. Subsections (6), (7) and (8) define for the purposes of the section what property is inextricably linked.

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