Applications received by Enfield Magistrates Court from the MET

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					Our Reference: 73237                                              December 2011


                         Freedom of Information Request

You asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

 1.Since 3 August 2011 to date how many applications have been received by
Enfield Magistrates Court from Constables of the Metropolitam Police Service
for search warrants pursuant to section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence
                                 Act 1984?

  2. Of all such applications received since 3 August 2011 to date, how many
                 have resulted in search warrants being issued?

  3. Of all such applications received since 3 August 2011 to date, how many
                have resulted in search warrants being refused?

   4 Please list all the search powers under which the warrants were issued.

     5. Since 3 August to date, has any guidance been issued to Enfield
Magistrates' Court on the approach to be taken when considering applications
   from search warrants pursuant to section 8 of the Police and Criminal
                       Evidence Act 1984 or otherwise?

6. If so, please provide a copy or the content of such guidance, whether in the
  form of emails, correspondence, policy documents, bulletins or otherwise.


Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I can confirm that the department holds information that you have asked for, and I am
pleased to provide this to you. I have answered your questions numerically as above.

1. There have been 166 warrant applications from 3rd August 2011 to 29th
   November 2011

2. Of those applications 163 have resulted in a warrant being issued.

3. 2 warrant applications have been refused and 1 warrant application withdrawn.

4. Search powers under which the warrants were issued:

                 45 of the warrants were applied for under Section 8 Police and
                  Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

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                 64 warrants were applied for under Section 23 of the Misuse of
                  Drugs Act.
                 1 warrant was applied for under Section 22 of the Theft Act 1968.
                 42 warrants were applied for under Section 26 of the Theft Act
                  1968.
                 1 warrant was applied for under Section 46 of the Firearms Act
                  1968.
                 10 warrants were applied for under Section 5(2) of the Dangerous
                  Dogs Act 1991.


5. No guidance has been issued to Enfield Magistrates on the approach to be taken
   when considering applications for search warrants pursuant to Section 8 Police
   and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 or otherwise, since 3rd August 2011.

6. See above.


You can also find more information by reading the full text of the Act (available at
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents) and further guidance
http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/freedom-of-information.htm.




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Access and Compliance Unit within two months of the data of this letter, at the
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Data Access and Compliance Unit (6.25),
Information & Communications Directorate,
Ministry of Justice,
102 Petty France,
London
SW1H 9AJ

E-mail: data.access@justice.gsi.gov.uk

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Cheshire
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