This title was first published in 2000: The development of 'search and surveillance' powers are amongst the most controversial issues to confront modern policing and studies of criminal law and criminal justice. This book is the first to challenge the orthodox concept of 'search' in the context of police investigation. Drawing upon extensive international case studies, it provides a fundamental new 'definition' of the highly charged debate surrounding the powers of law enforcers to gather evidence and information for use in criminal proceedings. The book also evaluates the compatibility of these powers of investigation with constitutional and human rights, set in the context of the changing objectives of investigators. Its balance of practical evaluation and in-depth analysis will make it a key text for academics and practitioners alike.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Warrantless searches for real evidence; Search of premises by warrant; Particular searches under PACE; Surveillance as electronic search; Search, surveillance and fair trials; From evidence to information; Bibliography; Index.
Sybil Sharpe, Senior Research Fellow, De Montfort University. Leicester, UK. Was a Senior legal Advisor to lay Justices. Taught and researched in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and evidence for the past ten years.
’Appearing shortly after the incorporation into domestic law of the European Convention on Human Rights, this timely book will be an important resource for anyone interested in the contemporary law of search and surveillance in England and Wales...a readable account...’ Professor Andrew Choo, Brunel University, UK