Serious Fraud Office Act 1990

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Version as at 1 September 2022

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Serious Fraud Office Act 1990

Public Act
1990 No 51
Date of assent
3 July 1990
3 July 1990

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
3Act to bind the Crown
4Exercise of powers under this Part
5Power to require production of documents
6Power to obtain search warrant
7Exercise of powers under this Part
8Factors to which Director may have regard
9Power to require attendance before Director, production of documents, etc
10Power to obtain search warrant
11Power to assume from Police the responsibility for investigating certain cases of fraud
12Effect of warrant
13Return of documents
14Disclosure of previous applications
15Persons by whom warrant may be executed
16Production of warrant
17Notice that warrant has been executed, etc
18Form and content of notices
19Possession of documents
20Review of Director’s decisions
21Effect of proceedings
22Effect of final decision that exercise of powers unlawful
23Act to apply to persons with duty of confidentiality to clients
24Legal professional privilege
25Certain provisions not to apply to Police, Inland Revenue, and Statistics Department officers
26Admissibility of evidence
27Privilege against self-incrimination no excuse
28Admissibility of self-incriminating statements
29Responsible Minister
30Independence in matters relating to investigations
31Chief executive of Serious Fraud Office
32Judicial notice of signature of Director
33Delegation of functions or powers
34Exercise of powers by outside investigators
36Secrecy of certain information relating to Serious Fraud Office business
37Secrecy of information protected under Inland Revenue Department Act 1974
38Disclosure to Serious Fraud Office of information protected under other Acts
39Secrecy of information protected under other Acts
40Obligation to inform that protected information is secret
41Secrecy to be observed by other persons to whom protected information is disclosed under this Act
42Authorisations to disclose protected information
43Protected information may cease to be secret
44Persons ceasing to be members of Serious Fraud Office under continuing obligation of secrecy
45Offence to obstruct investigation, etc
46Offence to destroy, alter, or conceal records, etc
47Offence to resist search
48Serious Fraud Prosecutors Panel
49No obligation to investigate, etc
50Exercise of powers not precluded by certain matters
51Agreements with overseas agencies
52Giving of notices
54Amendment to Summary Proceedings Act 1957
55Amendment to Inland Revenue Department Act 1974
56Amendments to Wanganui Computer Centre Act 1976 [Repealed]

An Act—


to facilitate the detection and investigation by the Serious Fraud Office of cases of serious or complex fraud; and


to enable proceedings relating to such fraud to be taken expeditiously; and


to provide for matters incidental upon the establishment of the Serious Fraud Office