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Black and white is always grey-the power of the police to conduct a strip search in Victoria

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posted on 2002-02-01, 00:00 authored by Dan MeagherDan Meagher
The performance of a strip search by a police officer is a serious interference with the liberty and dignity of an individual. However, it is considered by police to be an important part of their law enforcement armory and one that is increasingly necessary to utilise to assist in the investigation and prosecution of drug-related crimes. This article considers the troublesome issue of whether and in what circumstances the common law may extend to police the power to conduct a strip search. In addition, there is an examination of the statutes and regulations that purportedly give police in Victoria the power to strip search with particular attention given to ss 81 and 82 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic).

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Journal

Criminal law journal

Volume

26

Pagination

43 - 56

Publisher

Lawbook Co.

Location

Sydney, N.S.W.

ISSN

0314-1160

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2002, Lawbook Co.

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