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


Purposes of DNA Database System

60. (1) The DNA Database System shall be used only for the following purposes:

(a) the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences;

(b) the finding or identification of missing persons, the identification of seriously ill, or severely injured, persons who are unable by reason of the illness or injury to indicate their identity or the identification of the bodies of unknown deceased persons.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the DNA Database System may be used for all or any of the following:

(a) the conduct of permitted searching under section 68 ;

(b) the automated searching for, or automated comparison of, certain DNA profiles in the System with other DNA profiles in accordance with Chapter 2 of Part 12;

(c) where appropriate, the transmission or provision to a person or body under section 4 of DNA profiles in the reference index of that System, other than DNA profiles entered in that index of that System under section 28 ;

(d) the entry in or transmission from the System of DNA profiles under Chapter 7 of Part 12;

(e) the facilitation of the performance by the Committee of its functions under Part 9 in relation to the management and operation of the System;

(f) the compilation of statistics on the operation of the System under section 69 ;

(g) the facilitation of a review of an alleged miscarriage of justice under section 2 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1993;

(h) any other related purpose.