INTERCEPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS AND SURVEILLANCE ORDINANCE
20 of 2006
Non-admissibility of telecommunications interception product
(1) Any telecommunications interception product shall not be admissible in evidence in any proceedings before any court other than to prove that a relevant offence has been committed.
(2) Any telecommunications interception product, and any particulars as to a telecommunications interception carried out pursuant to a relevant prescribed authorization, shall not be made available to any party to any proceedings before any court (other than any such proceedings instituted for a relevant offence).
(3) In any proceedings before any court (other than any such proceedings instituted for a relevant offence), any evidence or question which tends to suggest any of the following matters shall not be adduced or asked—
(a) that an application has been made for the issue or renewal of a relevant prescribed authorization, or the issue of a relevant device retrieval warrant, under this Ordinance;
(b) that a relevant prescribed authorization has been issued or renewed, or a relevant device retrieval warrant has been issued, under this Ordinance;
(c) that any requirement has been imposed on any person to provide assistance for the execution of a relevant prescribed authorization or a relevant device retrieval warrant;
(d) that any information has been obtained pursuant to a relevant prescribed authorization.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (2) or any other provision of this Ordinance, where, for the purposes of any criminal proceedings (whether being criminal proceedings instituted for an offence or any related proceedings), any information obtained pursuant to a relevant prescribed authorization and continuing to be available to the department concerned might reasonably be considered capable of undermining the case for the prosecution against the defence or of assisting the case for the defence—
(a) the department shall disclose the information to the prosecution; and
(b) the prosecution shall then disclose the information to the judge in an ex parte hearing that is held in private.
(5) The judge may, further to the disclosure to him of the information under subsection (4)(b), make such orders as he thinks fit for the purpose of securing the fairness of the proceedings.
(6) Where any order is made under subsection (5) in any criminal proceedings, the prosecution shall disclose to the judge for any related proceedings the terms of the order and the information concerned in an ex parte hearing that is held in private.
(7) Notwithstanding subsection (5), no order made under that subsection authorizes or requires anything to be done in contravention of subsections (1), (2) and (3).
(8) In this section—
"judge" (法官), in relation to any proceedings, means the judge or magistrate before whom those proceedings are or are to be heard, or any other judge or magistrate having jurisdiction to deal with the matter concerned;
"party" (一方), in relation to any criminal proceedings, includes the prosecution;
"related proceedings" (有關法律程序), in relation to any criminal proceedings, means any further proceedings (including appeal proceedings) arising from, or any proceedings preliminary or incidental to, those proceedings;
"relevant device retrieval warrant" (有關器材取出手令) means a device retrieval warrant for the retrieval of any of the devices authorized to be used under a relevant prescribed authorization;
"relevant offence" (有關罪行) means any offence constituted by the disclosure of any telecommunications interception product or of any information relating to the obtaining of any telecommunications interception product (whether or not there are other constituent elements of the offence);
"relevant prescribed authorization" (有關訂明授權) means a prescribed authorization for a telecommunications interception;
"telecommunications interception product" (電訊截取成果) means any interception product to the extent that it is—
(a) any contents of a communication that have been obtained pursuant to a relevant prescribed authorization; or
(b) a copy of such contents.