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WHAT IS A SEARCH WARRANT?

What Is A Search Warrant?

People’s homes and offices are private places and so the law requires any authority who wants to invade that privacy give concrete and legitimate reason to do so.

If the police wish to enter and conduct a search of a private residence or office then, they must first go before a magistrate and give credible reason for it. If the magistrate is convinced that there is validity in the police’s presented reasons, a court signed and sealed search warrant is issued by the magistrate.

The authority of a search warrant is very limited and it must detail the name and rank of the particular officer who is allowed to enter the place. 

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