Criminal investigation (ALRC Report 2)

ALRC Report 2 (tabled November 1975), arose out of the first reference given to the Commission. The Commission had split the work into the work on police complaints and the work on criminal investigation. The report on police complaints (ALRC Report 1) was tabled in August 1975.

ALRC Report 2 identified that the primary objective of criminal investigation is to ‘maintain a proper balance between protection for individual rights and liberties on the one hand and the community’s need for practical and effective law enforcement on the other’. The report concluded that it was necessary to make sure that there was a close correspondence between actions carried out by the police and their entitlement at law to carry out those actions.

View ALRC Report 2 on the AustLII website.