Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008

79B
79B
79B

F72 [ Application for court order authorising taking of identification evidence from protected person or child under Act of 2008

79B . (1) If

( a ) a member of the Garda S í och á na is unable, having made reasonable efforts to do so, to contact a parent or guardian of a protected person or child, as the case may be, for the purposes of ascertaining whether or not he or she consents to the taking of the identification evidence concerned from the person or child, as the case may be, under section 79 ,

( b ) subject to subsection (11J) of section 79 , the circumstances referred to in subsection (11I) of that section exist in relation to a parent or guardian of a protected person or child, as the case may be, or

( c ) a protected person or child, as the case may be, does not have, or a member of the Garda S í och á na not below the rank of inspector cannot, having made reasonable efforts to do so, ascertain within a reasonable period whether the person or child, as the case may be, has, a living parent or guardian from whom consent to the taking of the identification evidence concerned from the person or child, as the case may be, may be sought under section 79 ,

a member of the Garda S í och á na not below the rank of inspector may apply to a judge of the District Court for an order authorising the taking of the identification evidence concerned from the protected person or child, as the case may be.

(2) A member of the Garda S í och á na who intends to make an application under subsection (1) shall inform the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned of that intention.

(3) A judge of the District Court may order

( a ) that an application under subsection (1) shall be heard otherwise than in public, or

( b ) that a parent or guardian of the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned to whom section 79(11I) applies shall be excluded from the Court during the hearing of the application,

or both if

(i) on an application in that behalf by a member of the Garda S í och á na not below the rank of inspector, the judge is satisfied that it is desirable to do so in order to avoid a risk of prejudice to the criminal proceedings, or the criminal investigation, for the offence concerned in the designated state concerned in connection with which the identification evidence concerned has been sought pursuant to the request, or

(ii) the judge considers that it is otherwise desirable in the interests of justice to do so.

(4) A judge of the District Court shall, for the purposes of determining an application under subsection (1)

( a ) be satisfied that the request for the identification evidence concerned complies with section 79(1) , and

( b ) have regard to

(i) the nature and seriousness of the offence concerned in the designated state concerned,

(ii) in so far as they can be ascertained, the wishes of the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned regarding whether the identification evidence concerned should be taken from him or her, and

(iii) whether it would be in the interests of justice in all the circumstances of the case, having due regard to the best interests of the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned, to make an order authorising the taking of the identification evidence concerned from the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned,

before making an order under this section.

(5) If, on an application under subsection (1) , a parent or guardian of the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned applies to be heard by the judge of the District Court, an order shall not be made under this section unless a reasonable opportunity has been given to the parent or guardian, as the case may be, of that person or child, as the case may be, to be heard.

(6) A judge of the District Court may, if he or she considers it appropriate to do so, make an order authorising the taking of the identification evidence concerned from the protected person or child, as the case may be, concerned in accordance with section 79 .

(7) An application under subsection (1) shall be made to a judge of the District Court who is assigned to the district court district in which the protected person or child concerned resides. ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F72

Inserted (20.11.2015) by Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (11/2014), s. 134, S.I. No. 508 of 2015.

Editorial Notes:

E22

The section heading is taken from the amending section in the absence of one included in the amendment.