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Shatter reveals details of warrants bill

Changes to the law on search warrants issued by senior garda officers will apply to investigations into suspected drug offences as well as terrorism cases.

This emerged last night after Justice Minister Alan Shatter published details of his new bill to overcome the obstacles raised by a Supreme Court ruling last February.

The ruling led to several convictions being quashed and other cases withdrawn by the State because they involved search warrants issued by a garda superintendent who was not independent of an investigation.

This Supreme Court deemed the measure to be defective and repugnant to the Constitution.

The new Criminal Justice (Search Warrants) Bill will require superintendents, with the power to issue a search warrant in urgent circumstances where a district justice cannot be contacted quickly, to be independent of the investigation.

Irish Independent