Queensland Law Society

QLS launches search warrant guidelines

Queensland Law Society launched its historic Search Warrant Guidelines yesterday at Old Government House, Brisbane.

QLS collaborated with Queensland Police Service to execute the guidelines that address the process to be followed and obligations to be met in the event of the execution of a search warrant on solicitors’ premises in Queensland. The new guidelines bring certainty and ensure the rights of all participants are protected according to law as well as the ethical obligations of both practitioners and police.

The initiative was driven by 2016 QLS president Bill Potts and endorsed by QLS Council. “The execution of search warrants by police on solicitors’ offices causes problems for the police, practitioner and the public,’’ Mr Potts said. “This process has been regulated by guidelines agreed to last century. It has been left behind by the passage of time and, in any case, was not comprehensive in its coverage of the issues involved.’’

QLS president Christine Smyth was also at the launch. “The Society and QPS have worked hard on this special project, taking input from members of our QLS Criminal Law Committee sub-committee,’’ she said.

“In working with Queensland Police Force on this project, we see our profession coming together to work for common good.’’

To download the guidelines, visit qls.com.au/swg.