Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988

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Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988

Public Act
1988 No 2
Date of assent
10 March 1988
see section 1(2)

Act name: substituted, on 29 November 2007, by section 5(1) of the Independent Police Conduct Authority Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 38).


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
4Independent Police Conduct Authority established
4ACrown entity
5Membership of Authority
5AChairperson of Authority
5BAppointment of Judge as member of Authority
5CResignation of member
6Power to remove or suspend members
7Filling of vacancy
8Deputy Police Complaints Authority [Repealed]
9Salaries and allowances [Repealed]
10Staff [Repealed]
11Superannuation or retiring allowances
11AFunds of Authority [Repealed]
11BBank accounts [Repealed]
11CAccounts and audit [Repealed]
11CACrown entity [Repealed]
11DInvestment of money [Repealed]
11EExemption from income tax
12Functions of Authority
13Duty of Commissioner to notify Authority of certain incidents involving death or serious bodily harm
14Mode of complaint
15Duty of Commissioner to notify Authority of complaints
16Duty of Authority to notify Commissioner of complaints
17Action upon receipt of complaint
18Authority may decide to take no action on complaint
19Subsequent powers in relation to complaint
20Duty of Commissioner to report to Authority on Police investigation of complaint
21Commissioner to provide information and assistance at request of Authority
22Power of Police to investigate complaints and other matters
23Proceedings of Authority
24Powers of Authority in relation to investigations
25Protection and privileges of witnesses, etc
26Disclosure of certain matters not to be required
27Procedure after investigation by Authority
28Procedure after investigation by Police
29Implementation of recommendations of Authority
30Parties to be informed of progress and result of investigation
31Adverse comment
32Authority and staff to maintain secrecy
33Proceedings privileged
34Publication of reports by Authority and by Commissioner
35Annual report [Repealed]
36Delegation of powers by Authority [Repealed]
38Money to be appropriated by Parliament for purposes of this Act [Repealed]
38ACrimes of Torture Act 1989 not limited
39Amendments to other Acts [Repealed]
40Complaints made to Police Complaints Authority
41Police Complaints Authority is chairperson
42Deputy Police Complaints Authority is member of Authority
43Employees and officers transferred to Authority
44References to Police Complaints Authority
45Proceedings to which Police Complaints Authority party
46Assets and liabilities vest in Authority
47Authority must arrange annual report and accounts
48Obligations and rights concerning Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct unchanged

An Act to make better provision for the investigation and resolution of complaints against the Police by establishing the Independent Police Conduct Authority

Title: amended, on 29 November 2007, by section 4 of the Independent Police Conduct Authority Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 38).