The idea is to replace the multitude of rules, regulations and statutory instruments that allow a multitude of public and quasi-public officials to make entry to a private home with a single system that requires a court warrant to be issued by a judge.

The sole exception to this would be for the emergency services who would have to assure themselves that there was an immediate credible risk to life or property if access was not achieved.

There is a good paper on this issue http://www.jessenorman.com/downloads/Crossing-The-Threshold.pdf

Why is this idea important?

The confusing and lack of rigour in this area means that the state has potential to trample over the principle that our private lives in our home is private.

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