155G Issue of search warrants to Customs officers

(1)

A Customs officer may apply for a search warrant to search a place or thing.

(2)

Any District Court Judge, Justice of the Peace, Community Magistrate, or Registrar of the District Court (the issuing officer) may, on an application by a Customs officer, issue a warrant if the issuing officer is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that there is in, on, over, or under the place or thing any thing that is evidence of, or of significant relevance to the investigation of, an offence against any of sections 120 to 124 in respect of imported goods.

(3)

Sections 134G to 134S apply with all necessary modifications in respect of every search warrant applied for and issued under this section.

(4)

Sections 134T to 134W apply with all necessary modifications in respect of any thing seized under a search warrant issued under this section, and in applying those provisions every reference to the chief executive must be read as a reference to the chief executive of the New Zealand Customs Service.

Section 155G: inserted, on 7 October 2011, by section 23 of the Trade Marks Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 71).

Section 155G(2): amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).