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Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Part 2: Consequential amendments

190.This contains various consequential amendments to a range of relevant legislation. A number of them serve to amend PACE and other legislation to replace references to the words, “contained in a computer” with the words “stored in any electronic form”. This provision is necessary to deal with developments in technology and the advent of handheld computers and other such devices. Further, the addition of the words “or from which it can be readily be produced in visible and legible form” to various pieces of legislation gives the police and others the power not only to obtain a printout of computer material but also obtain copies of it on disk.

Code of Practice and Crown Court Rules

191.Guidance on the powers in Part 2 and the procedures linked to their application will be included in an expanded version of the Code of Practice for Searching of Premises by Police Officers and the Seizure of Property found by Police Officers on Persons or Premises (Code B) issued under PACE. The procedure for applications to a Judge of the Crown Court will be set out in the Crown Court Rules.

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