Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014

114.

Automated comparison of unidentified DNA profiles supplied by designated state with certain DNA profiles in DNA Database System

114. (1) The national contact point may accede to a request from the national contact point of a designated state, for the purposes of the investigation of criminal offences in that designated state, to compare unidentified DNA profiles to be supplied by that national contact point with certain DNA profiles in the DNA Database System in accordance with this section.

(2) If a request under subsection (1) is acceded to, the national contact point shall allow the national contact point of the designated state concerned access to the reference data in the DNA Database System in respect of the DNA profiles entered in that System in—

(a) the crime scene index, and

(b) the reference index, other than DNA profiles entered in that index under section 28 ,

for the purposes of conducting an automated comparison of unidentified DNA profiles supplied in an automated way by the national contact point of that designated state with the DNA profiles referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) to ascertain whether there is a match between any of them.

(3) The national contact point shall ensure that, following a comparison of DNA profiles by the national contact point of a designated state pursuant to subsection (2), an automated response is sent from the DNA Database System to that national contact point comprising—

(a) where a match of DNA profiles is found—

(i) a notification of the match, and

(ii) the reference data relating to the matching DNA profile in the DNA Database System,

or

(b) where a match of DNA profiles is not found, a notification to that effect.

(4) If, following a comparison of DNA profiles pursuant to subsection (2), a match of DNA profiles is found, a note to that effect may be entered in the DNA Database System in relation to the matching DNA profile found in that System.