DNA Identification Act

Version of section 10 from 2012-03-13 to 2018-03-05:


Marginal note:Storage of bodily substances

  •  (1) When bodily substances are transmitted to the Commissioner under section 487.071 of the Criminal Code or section 196.22 of the National Defence Act, the Commissioner shall, subject to this section and section 10.1, safely and securely store, for the purpose of forensic DNA analysis, the portions of the samples of the bodily substances that the Commissioner considers appropriate and without delay destroy any remaining portions.

  • Marginal note:Change in technology

    (2) Forensic DNA analysis of stored bodily substances may be performed if the Commissioner is of the opinion that the analysis is justified because significant technological advances have been made since the time when a DNA profile of the person who provided the bodily substances, or from whom they were taken, was last derived.

  • (3) [Repealed, 2005, c. 25, s. 20]

  • Marginal note:Access

    (4) Access to stored bodily substances may be granted to any person or class of persons that the Commissioner considers appropriate for the purpose of preserving the bodily substances.

  • Marginal note:Use of bodily substances

    (5) No person shall transmit stored bodily substances to any person or use stored bodily substances except for the purpose of forensic DNA analysis.

  • Marginal note:Later destruction

    (6) The Commissioner may at any time destroy any or all of the stored bodily substances if the Commissioner considers that they are no longer required for the purpose of forensic DNA analysis.

  • Marginal note:Mandatory destruction in certain cases

    (7) The Commissioner shall destroy the stored bodily substances of a person

    • (a) without delay after every order or authorization for the collection of bodily substances from the person is finally set aside;

    • (b) without delay after the person is finally acquitted of every designated offence in connection with which an order was made or an authorization was granted; or

    • (c) one year after the day on which the person is discharged absolutely, or three years after the day on which they are discharged conditionally, of a designated offence under section 730 of the Criminal Code if they are not subject to an order or authorization that relates to another designated offence and are neither convicted of, nor found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder for, a designated offence during that period.

  • Marginal note:When record suspension is in effect

    (8) Despite anything in this section, stored bodily substances of a person in respect of whom a record suspension, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Criminal Records Act, is in effect shall be kept separate and apart from other stored bodily substances, and no such bodily substance shall be used for forensic DNA analysis, nor shall the existence of such a bodily substance be communicated to any person.

  • 1998, c. 37, s. 10
  • 2000, c. 10, s. 10
  • 2005, c. 25, s. 20
  • 2007, c. 22, s. 33
  • 2012, c. 1, s. 148
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