“(1) As soon as an application under section 38J(2) has been determined by the Judge, the Registrar must place all documents relating to the application (except the warrant itself) in a packet, seal the packet, and thereafter keep it in safe custody, except as provided in this section.
“(2) Despite any enactment or rule of law or rules of Court entitling a party to proceedings to demand the production of documents, no party of that kind is entitled to demand the production of documents held in safe custody under subsection (1), except in accordance with this section.
“(3) Every party of that kind who requires the production of a document held in safe custody under subsection (1) must, except in a case to which subsection (9) or subsection (10) applies, apply in writing to the Registrar, who must promptly notify the Chief Executive.
“(4) If, within 3 days after notice is given to the Chief Executive under subsection (3), the Chief Executive gives written notice to the Registrar that he or she intends to oppose the production of the documents, the Registrar must refer the matter to a District Court Judge.
“(5) If the Chief Executive does not give the written notice referred to in subsection (4), the Registrar must produce the documents to the party applying for production.
“(6) If a matter is referred to a Judge under subsection (4), both the person requesting production of the documents and the Chief Executive opposing production must be given an opportunity to be heard.
“(7) The Judge may order that all or a specified part of a document the production of which is in dispute not be produced if he or she is satisfied that—
“(8) Subject to subsection (7), the Judge must order the production of the documents to the party requesting it.
“(9) If a request for the production of a document kept in safe custody under subsection (1) is made in the course of proceedings presided over by a District Court Judge and the request is opposed, the Judge must adjudicate upon the matter as if it had been referred to him or her under subsection (4).
“(10) If a request of that kind is made in the course of any other proceedings, the presiding judicial officer must promptly refer the matter to a District Court Judge for adjudication of the kind referred to in subsection (9).
“(11) Despite anything in this section, every District Court Judge or Judge of the High Court who is presiding over any proceedings in which the issue of a warrant under section 38J is in issue is entitled to inspect any relevant document held under subsection (1).
“Compare: 1978 No 65 s 20