Proceeds of Crime Act 1996

Property subject to interim order, interlocutory order or disposal order dealt with by Official Assignee.

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12. (1) Without prejudice to the generality of any provision of any other enactment, where—

( a) the Official Assignee or a trustee appointed under the provisions of Part V of the Bankruptcy Act, 1988, seizes or disposes of any property in relation to which his or her functions are not exercisable because it is subject to an interim order, an interlocutory order or a disposal order, and

( b) at the time of the seizure or disposal he or she believes, and has reasonable grounds for believing, that he or she is entitled (whether in pursuance of an order of a court or otherwise) to seize or dispose of that property,

he or she shall not be liable to any person in respect of any loss or damage resulting from the seizure or disposal except in so far as the loss or damage is caused by his or her negligence in so acting, and he or she shall have a lien on the property, or the proceeds of its sale, for such of his or her expenses as were incurred in connection with the bankruptcy or other proceedings in relation to which the seizure or disposal purported to take place and for so much of his or her remuneration as may reasonably be assigned for his or her acting in connection with those proceedings.

(2) Where the Official Assignee or a trustee appointed as aforesaid incurs expenses in respect of such property as is mentioned in subsection (1)(a) and in so doing does not know and has no reasonable grounds to believe that the property is for the time being subject to an order under this Act, he or she shall be entitled (whether or not he or she has seized or disposed of that property so as to have a lien) to payment of those expenses.

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

C20

Application of section extended with modifications (8.03.2005) by Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 (2/2005), s. 20, commenced on enactment.

Application of certain provisions of Act of 1996.

20.—For the purposes of this Part, sections 6, 7 and 9 to 15 of the Act of 1996 apply with the following modifications and any other necessary modifications as if an interim order, an interlocutory or a disposal order made under this Part, or an application for such an order, had been made under the Act of 1996:

(a) a reference in any of the applicable provisions of the Act of 1996 to applicant shall be construed as referring to the member of the Garda Síochána who applied to the High Court for the interim order, interlocutory order or disposal order;

(b) a reference in any of the applicable provisions of the Act of 1996 to respondent shall be construed as defined in section 12 of this Act;

(c) a reference in any of the applicable provisions of the Act of 1996 to property shall be construed as referring to funds.

C21

Application of section extended with modifications (10.11.1998) by International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1998 (40/1998), s. 31(3), commenced on enactment.

Orders respecting property.

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(2) Where, on application by a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of Chief Superintendent, the High Court is satisfied that—

(a) an international tribunal order referred to in subsection (1)(a) has been received by the Minister, and

(b) at the time of making the interim order under this subsection the international tribunal order is in force and is not subject to appeal,

the Court, for the purposes of the preservation and protection of the property to which the international tribunal order relates, may, regardless of the value of the property but subject to subsection (5), make an interim order containing any terms that, under section 2 (1) and (2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act, 1996, could be included in an interim order made under that Act if the value of the property were not less than £10,000.

(3) For the purposes mentioned in subsection (2) of this section, sections 2 (3) to (6), 3 (1) to (6), 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 to 16 of the Proceeds of Crime Act, 1996, shall apply with the following modifications and any other necessary modifications, as if an application made under this section had been made under that Act:

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