The Proceeds of Crime (Enforcement of Confiscation Orders made in England and Wales or Scotland) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Published: 1997-08-29

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1997 No. 403

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
The Proceeds of Crime (Enforcement of Confiscation Orders made in England and Wales or Scotland) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997

Made
29th August 1997

To be laid before Parliament

Coming into operation
21st October 1997

The Secretary of State, in pursuance of Article 41 of the Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(1), hereby makes the following Order:—

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Proceeds of Crime (Enforcement of Confiscation Orders made in England and Wales or Scotland) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997.

(2) This Order shall come into operation on 21st October 1997 but Article 2 shall not apply to a confiscation order made before that date.

(3) In this Order—

“the 1988 Act” means the Criminal Justice Act 1988(2);

“the 1994 Act” means the Drug Trafficking Act 1994(3);

“the 1995 Act” means the Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995(4);

“the Order” means the Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.

Enforcement of orders made in England and Wales or Scotland

2.—(1) For the purpose of the enforcement in Northern Ireland of orders made under Part VI of the 1988 Act, the 1994 Act and the 1995 Act, the Order (except Article 13) shall have effect as if—

(a)references to confiscation orders included a reference to confiscation orders made under Part VI of the 1988 Act, the 1994 Act and the 1995 Act;

(b)in relation to England and Wales—

(i)references to drug trafficking offences included a reference to drug trafficking offences within the meaning of the 1994 Act;

(ii)references to offences of a relevant description and to offences to which the Order applies included a reference to offences to which Part VI of the 1988 Act applies;

(iii)references to proceedings in Northern Ireland or to the institution or conclusion in Northern Ireland of proceedings included a reference to proceedings in England and Wales or to the institution or conclusion in England and Wales of proceedings, as the case may be; and

(iv)the references to the making of a complaint in Article 30(3) and (5) of the Order included references to laying an information under section 1 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(5);

(c)in relation to Scotland—

(i)references to drug trafficking offences included a reference to drug trafficking offences within the meaning of the 1995 Act;

(ii)references to offences of a relevant description and to offences to which the Order applies included a reference to offences to which Part I of the 1995 Act applies; and

(iii)references to proceedings in Northern Ireland or to the institution or conclusion in Northern Ireland of proceedings included a reference to proceedings in Scotland or to the institution or conclusion in Scotland of proceedings as the case may be;

(d)in relation to England and Wales and Scotland—

(i)Article 35(4) to (11) of the Order were omitted; and

(ii)any sums in the hands of a receiver which are to be applied on the defendant’s behalf towards the satisfaction of the confiscation order were required to be paid in the case of a confiscation order made in England and Wales to the justices' clerk and in the case of a confiscation order made in Scotland to the sheriff clerk.

(2) Section 18 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982(6) (enforcement of United Kingdom judgments in other parts of the United Kingdom) shall not apply as respects the enforcement in Northern Ireland of a confiscation order made on or after the date on which this Order comes into operation by a court in England and Wales under Part VI of the 1988 Act or the 1994 Act or by a court in Scotland under the 1995 Act.

Institution and conclusion of proceedings in Scotland

3.—(1) For the purpose of the enforcement pursuant to Article 2 of orders made in Scotland, proceedings for an offence in Scotland shall be treated as instituted against a person—

(a)on his arrest without warrant;

(b)when he is charged with the offence without being arrested;

(c)when a warrant to arrest him is granted;

(d)when a warrant to cite him is granted;

(e)in summary proceedings, on the first calling of the case; or

(f)when a petition is intimated to him or an indictment or a complaint is served on him,

and where the application of this paragraph would result in there being more than one time for the institution of proceedings, they shall be taken to be instituted at the earliest of those times.

(2) For the purpose aforesaid proceedings for an offence in Scotland shall be treated as concluded when—

(a)the trial diet is deserted simpliciter;

(b)the accused is acquitted or, under section 65 or 147 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995(7), discharged or liberated;

(c)the High Court of Justiciary or, as the case may be, the sheriff sentences or otherwise deals with him without making a confiscation order and without postponing a decision as regards making such an order;

(d)after such postponement as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (c), the High Court of Justiciary or, as the case may be, the sheriff decides not to make a confiscation order;

(e)his conviction is quashed; or

(f)a confiscation order made in the proceedings is satisfied (whether by payment of the amount due under the order or by the accused serving imprisonment in default).

Evidence

4.  A document purporting to be a copy of an order made by a court in England and Wales under or for the purposes of Part VI of the 1988 Act or the 1994 Act or of an order made by a court in Scotland under or for the purposes of the 1995 Act and to be certified as such by a proper officer of the court by which such order was made shall, in Northern Ireland, be received in evidence without further proof.

Revocation and Saving

5.  The Criminal Justice (Confiscation) (Enforcement of Confiscation Orders made in England and Wales or Scotland) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995(8) shall cease to have effect except in relation to confiscation orders to which Article 2 of that Order applied made before the coming into operation of this Order.

Marjorie Mowlam
One of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State
Northern Ireland Office
29th August 1997

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)
This Order provides for the enforcement in Northern Ireland of confiscation orders made in England and Wales under Part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Drug Trafficking Act 1994 and in Scotland under the Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995.
By virtue of Article 1(2) this Order comes into operation on 21st October 1997 but does not apply to a confiscation order made before that date.


(1)
S.I. 1996/1299 (N.I. 9)

(2)
1988 c. 33

(3)
1994 c. 37

(4)
1995 c. 43

(5)
1980 c. 43

(6)
1982 c. 27

(7)
1995 c. 46

(8)
S.R. 1995 No. 411
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