'Confusing' search warrant rules need overhaul, finds review

Law Commission says system leaves people unsure of their rights and led to frequent errors

The Law Commission has called for the public to be given greater protections from search warrants and said the complexity of current regulations has led to frequent errors and the risk of challenges.

The commission said the current system for granting warrants is too complicated and there is a risk applications are not prepared properly or given sufficient scrutiny. It added that investigations may be significantly hindered as search warrants do not reflect a modern world in which the internet and digital sources play a significant role.

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