An order banning the Australian Federal Police (AFP) from examining documents seized from the Queensland branch of the Building, Forestry, Mining and Power Union (CFMEU) has been extended till next year.
A complete hearing on the validity of the search warrants used to execute the raid on the union’s Brisbane office final month will be heard at the end of February.
Until then an interim order preventing police from using the documents remains in place.
At a directions hearing in the Federal Court, barrister for the AFP Roger Derrington QC asked for the matter to be dealt with “expeditiously”.
“Investigations or charges ought not be held up by satellite litigation,” he told the court.
“This does impede the investigations of the Australian Federal Police”.
Lawyer for the CFMEU Tony Slevin told the court the AFP seized a pc drive containing “a lot of documents”.
“The scope of the material taken from my client’s premises, because of the quantity of documents on that drive … It is way beyond the warrant,” Mr Slevin mentioned.
“The only urgency is the police would like to have access to that complete drive”.
The February hearing will determine no matter whether the injunction on the documents need to be made permanent.
It is expected to run for three days.
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