Unless subsection (3) applies, an application for a search warrant—
must be in writing; and
must be in the prescribed form (if any); and
may be transmitted to the issuing officer electronically.
The applicant must appear in person before the issuing officer, unless subsection (3) applies.
An issuing officer may allow an application for a search warrant to be made verbally (for example, by telephone call) and excuse the applicant from making a personal appearance if the issuing officer is satisfied that—
the delay that would be caused by requiring an applicant to appear in person would compromise the effectiveness of the search; and
the question of whether the warrant should be issued can properly be determined on the basis of a verbal communication (including the information described in paragraph (c)); and
the information required by section 134G(1) to (3) has been supplied to the issuing officer.
An issuing officer who allows an application for a search warrant to be made verbally must record the grounds for the application as soon as practicable.
Section 134H: inserted, on 7 October 2011, by section 6 of the Copyright Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 72).