Chapter Seven. Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004: The Chief Examiner and Coercive Powers

  1. Ray Bull Professor2,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow3 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Damien B. Maguire

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch7

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

Maguire, D. B. (2009) Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004: The Chief Examiner and Coercive Powers, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 3

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. Chief Examiner for the State of Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004, Chief Examiner and Coercive Powers;
  • creation of statutory office of Chief Examiner;
  • 1998 and 2004, 21 killings and gangland wars - high-profile criminals involved;
  • Government and police response;
  • organized crime legislation, Nov. 2004 and position of Chief Examiner;
  • police application for coercive powers order;
  • coercive powers order - applying to Supreme Court or Chief Examiner for summons;
  • examination hearing - inquisitorial and held in private;
  • right to legal representation - legal practitioner's role in examination hearing;
  • contempt provisions, contained in section 49 the Act

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The history of the creation of the statutory office of Chief Examiner

  • The Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004: how it operates

  • The right to legal representation and the role of the legal practitioner in the examination hearing

  • Relevant matters of law of which a legal practitioner should be aware when representing a witness on an examination hearing

  • Conclusion