At your desk or on your portable device


Search and surveillance powers form an integral part of many law enforcement investigations. According to the New Zealand Police Annual Report, in the year 2014/2015, New Zealand Police exercised warrantless search powers on 7,048 occasions and obtained 122 surveillance device warrants. Over 4,000 people were charged with criminal offences in partial reliance on the evidence obtained through the exercise of those powers.

This On Demand seminar looks at the current law regarding search, surveillance and their inter-relationship with a focus on digital matters.   

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a greater understanding of the lawyer’s duties and steps that can be taken.
  • Learn more about how to approach a warrantless search on arrest, and recent case law.
  • Receive guidance on extra-territorial search, remote access, the reasonable belief threshold and the role of privilege in search.
  • Gain insights into the proposals by the Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice with regard to the review of the Search and Surveillance Act. 

Who should view?

Criminal lawyers including for defence and prosecution. Police officers, Counsel for enforcement agencies and In-House Counsel for those on the receiving end of searches may also benefit from attending.


Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Warren Young QSO
General Manager
Independent Police Conduct Authority 

Warren is currently General Manager at the Independent Police Conduct Authority. He is a former Law Professor and was Deputy Secretary for Justice from 2000 to 2004 and Deputy President of the Law Commission from 2004 to 2011.  

As a Law Commissioner, he was responsible for the Report by the Law Commission that led to the enactment of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012.  He advised the Select Committee during the passage of the Bill through Parliament, and subsequently provided training on the Act to a number of law enforcement agencies. 

He is a co-author of Adams on Criminal Law and responsible for the commentary on the Search and Surveillance Act. 

David Jones QC

David worked at Meredith Connell between 1982 and 1987 as a prosecutor.

He has been a barrister sole since 1987 concentrating on criminal and civil litigation and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2005.

He has been a member of the Crown prosecution panel since 1988 and was a member of the Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel for over 10 years.

Robin McCoubrey
Meredith Connell

Robin is a Partner in the Crown Specialist Group at Meredith Connell. He appears for the Crown in the most serious criminal prosecutions, especially those involving profit-driven, organised crime. 

Robin also acts for the Commissioner of Police in litigation under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009, and advises and appears in a number of departmental and regulatory matters.

Prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 2008, Robin was a barrister in London for seven years, where his practice comprised predominantly criminal cases, for the prosecution and defence, together with cases in the areas of regulatory and public law.


Dr David Harvey
Faculty of Law
Auckland University