High Court of Australia

O'Meara v McTackett [2000] HCA 32

74 ALJR 1010; 172 ALR 342

31 May 2000

Case Number: S212/1999


Gummow J


Constitutional law (Cth) – Whether authorisation of a search warrant under s 3E of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) is in breach of s 71 of the Constitution - Whether s 29D of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) is beyond the legislative power of the Commonwealth Parliament - Whether the State laws authorising the Director of Public Prosecutions of New South Wales to issue indictments under s 10 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW) are inconsistent with s 7(2) of the Australia Act 1986 (NSW).

Practice and procedure – Jurisdiction invested in State Supreme Courts by the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) in matters involving interpretation of the Constitution - Relevance of considerations of fragmentation of criminal proceedings.

Constitution – ss 51(ii), 51(xxxix), 109.

Australia Act 1986 (Cth) – ss 2, 3, 7(2).

Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) – ss 3E, 29D.

Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) – ss 38, 39.

Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW) – s 10.

Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 (NSW).


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