Purpose of this Guide
The purpose of this Guide is to provide step by step guidance to the procedures set out in the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (Cth) (the NSI Act) for the disclosure, handling, storage and destruction of national security information in federal criminal proceedings and civil proceedings conducted in a Commonwealth, State or Territory court. This guide is intended to assist judges and magistrates who may preside in such proceedings.
The National Security Information Act
The object of the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 is to prevent the disclosure of information in federal criminal proceedings and civil proceedings where the disclosure is likely to prejudice national security, except to the extent that preventing the disclosure would seriously interfere with the administration of justice.