§12-5.1-2  Application for orders. –

Published: 2015

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Criminal Procedure

CHAPTER 12-5.1

Interception of Wire and Oral Communications

SECTION 12-5.1-2

   § 12-5.1-2  Application for orders. –

(a) The attorney general, or an assistant attorney general specially designated

by the attorney general, may apply ex parte to the presiding justice of the

superior court of competent jurisdiction for an order authorizing the

interception of any wire, electronic, or oral communications. Each application

ex parte for an order must be in writing, subscribed and sworn to by the


   (b) The application must contain:

   (1) The identity of the officer making the application;

   (2) A full and complete statement of the facts and

circumstances relied upon by the applicant to justify his or her belief that an

order should be issued, including:

   (i) Details as to the particular designated offense that has

been, is being, or is about to be committed;

   (ii) A particular description of the nature and location of

the facilities from which, or the place where, the communication is to be


   (iii) A particular description of the type of communications

sought to be intercepted; and

   (iv) The identity of the person, if known, committing the

offense and whose communications are to be intercepted;

   (3) A full and complete statement as to whether or not other

investigative procedures have been tried and failed or why they reasonably

appear to be unlikely to succeed if tried or to be too dangerous;

   (4) A statement of the period of time for which the

interception is required to be maintained. If the nature of the investigation

is such that the authorization of interception should not automatically

terminate when the described type of communication has been first obtained, a

particular description of facts establishing probable cause to believe that

additional communications of the same type will occur after the described type

of communication has been first obtained;

   (5) A full and complete statement of the facts concerning all

previous applications, known to the individual making the application, made to

the presiding justice of the superior court for authorization to intercept

wire, electronic, or oral communications involving any of the same persons,

facilities or places specified in the application, and the action taken by the

presiding justice of the superior court on each application; and

   (6) Where the application is for the extension of an order, a

statement setting forth the results thus far obtained from the interception, or

a reasonable explanation of the failure to obtain the results.

   (c) The presiding justice of the superior court may require

the applicant to furnish additional testimony or documentary evidence in

support of the application.

   (d) Allegations of fact in the application may be based

either upon the personal knowledge of the applicant or upon information and

belief. If the applicant personally knows the fact alleged, it must be so

stated. If the facts establishing reasonable cause are derived in whole or in

part from the statements of persons other than the applicant, the sources of

the information and belief must be either disclosed or described, and the

application must contain facts establishing the existence and reliability of

the informant, or the reliability of the information supplied by the informant.

The application must also state, so far as possible, the basis of the

informant's knowledge or belief. If the applicant's information and belief is

derived from tangible evidence or recorded oral evidence, a copy or detailed

description of the evidence should be annexed to or included in the

application. Affidavits of persons other than the applicant must be submitted

in conjunction with the application if they tend to support any fact or

conclusion alleged in the application. Accompanying affidavits may be based

either on personal knowledge of the affiant, or information and belief with the

source of the information and reason for the belief specified.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1969, ch. 55, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 167, § 2.)

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