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Search Warrant Guidelines

Queensland Law Society collaborated with the Queensland Police Service to develop the Search Warrant Guidelines. The guidelines assist solicitors and police when executing warrants on solicitors’ premises. Launched on 28 February 2017, the guidelines 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 execution of search warrants by police on solicitors’ offices has historically caused problems for the police, practitioners and the public. These include access to documents, interference in the running of practices, and potential access to client documents without due cause. 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.

View the Search Warrant Guidelines.


Webinar: Search Warrant Guidelines

Thursday 25 May 2017 | 12.30-2pm - online

Due to demand, we are hosting a webinar to discuss the Search Warrant Guidelines.

Join QLS Immediate Past President, Bill Potts and QLS Specialist Legal Officer, Justine van Winden, to gain further insight into the comprehensive set of protocols and a practitioner’s obligations when an application for a search warrant on a solicitor’s premises is made. This session will include:

  • the Supreme Court application process and execution of a search warrant on a solicitor’s premises
  • how the guidelines address technological change, including forensic copying and analysis of forensic information, storage on multiple devices such as phones, laptops and the cloud
  • a refresher on legal professional privilege and issues that occur.

Register here