S.I. No. 283/2003 - District Court (Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997)(Amendment) Rules 2003


The District Court Rules Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by section 91 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924 , section 72 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1936 , section 17 of the Interpretation Act, 1937 [as applied by section 48 of the Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act, 1961 ] and section 34 of the Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act, 1961 , do hereby, with the concurrence of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, make the following rules of court:—

1.   These rules may be cited as the District Court (Taxes Consolidation Act 1997)(Amendment) Rules 2003.

2.   These rules shall come into operation on the 24th day of July, 2003 and shall be read together with all other District Court Rules for the time being in force.

3.   The District Court Rules, 1997 ( S.I. No. 93 of 1997 ) as amended by the District Court (Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997)(Amendment) Rules, 1999 ( S.I. No. 234 of 1999 ) shall be amended by the substitution for rule 2(7) of Order 38 of the following:

(7) An application by an authorised officer of the Revenue Commissioners under the provisions of section 908A of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 as inserted by section 207 of the Finance Act, 1999 , and as amended by section 68 of the Finance Act, 2000 and by section 132 of the Finance Act, 2002 shall be by information on oath and in writing, in the Form 38.12, Schedule B, to the District Court Judge for the District Court District wherein the offence in question is alleged is being, has been or is or was about to be committed, or where the financial institution in respect of which the order is sought is located, and may be heard otherwise than in public.”

4.   The District Court Rules, 1997 ( S.I. No. 93 of 1997 ) shall be further amended by the deletion of sub-rule (8) of rule 2 of Order 38 and by the re-numbering of sub-rule (9) of the said rule 2 as sub-rule (8) of rule 2 of Order 38 and the said Order 38 as hereby amended appears in Schedule 1 hereto.

5.   The Forms numbered 38.12 and 38.13 hereafter shall be substituted for the Forms of the same number in Schedule B to the District Court Rules, 1997 ( S.I. No. 93 of 1997 ).

Schedule B

0.38, r.2(7)

AN CHUIRT DUICHE

THE DISTRICT COURT

* District Court Area of

* Dublin Metropolitan District

* District No.

No.38.12

TAXES CONSOLIDATION ACT, 1997

section 908A as amended

INFORMATION IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATION FOR ORDER TO INSPECT AND TAKE COPIES OF ENTRIES IN BOOKS OR RECORDS

THE INFORMATION of ..................................

of ............................................................ ...........

Who says on oath-

I am an authorised officer of the Revenue Commissioners. I make this application with the consent in writing of a Revenue Commissioner.

I believe that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that an offence (within the meaning of section 1078(2) of the said Act of 1997) which would result (or but for its detection would have resulted) in serious prejudice to the proper assessment and collection of tax, is being has been or is or was about to be committed * (in the said district) (having regard to the amount of a liability in relation to any person which might be, or might have been, evaded but for the detection of the relevant facts) and that there is material in the possession of ...................................... a financial institution, at ........................ * (in the said district) which is likely to be of substantial value (whether by itself or together with other material) to the investigation of the relevant facts.

The basis for my so believing is as follows:-

And I hereby apply for an order under the provisions of section 908A of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 , as inserted by section 207 of the Finance Act, 1999 and as amended by section 68 of the Finance Act, 2000 and by section 132 of the Finance Act, 2002 that I, the applicant, be authorised to inspect and take copies of any entries in the books, records or other documents of the said ................................. a financial institution at .............................. * (within said district) for the purposes of investigation of the offence.

Signed .............................

Informant

SWORN before me this           day of              20

Signed ...............................

Judge of the District Court

 

 

Schedule B

0.38, r.2(7)

AN CHUIRT DUICHE

THE DISTRICT COURT

* District Court Area of

* Dublin Metropolitan District

* District No.

No.38.13

TAXES CONSOLIDATION ACT, 1997

section 908A as amended

ORDER TO INSPECT AND TAKE COPIES OF ENTRIES IN BOOKS OR RECORDS

............................................................ ........ Applicant

of

UPON HEARING an application made to me on this date by the above-named Applicant, an authorised officer of the Revenue Commissioners for an order under the provisions of section 908A of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 , as inserted by section 207 of the Finance Act 1999 and as amended by section 68 of the Finance Act, 2000 and by section 132 of the Finance Act, 2002

AND BEING SATISFIED that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting

that an offence (within the meaning of section 1078(2) of the Act) which would result (or but for its detection would have resulted) in serious prejudice to the proper assessment and collection of tax, is being, has been or is or was about to be committed * (in the said district (having regard to the amount of a liability in relation to any person which might be, or might have been, evaded but for the detection of the relevant facts)

and that there is material in the possession of ............................................ a financial institution, at ..................... * (in the said district) which is likely to be of substantial value (whether by itself or together with other material) to the investigation of the relevant facts;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED pursuant to the said section 908A of the Taxes Consolidation Act. 1997 as inserted by section 207 of the Finance Act, 1999 and as amended by section 68 of the Finance Act, 2000 and by section 132 of the Finance Act, 2002 that the applicant be authorised to inspect and take copies of any entries in books, records or other documents of ...................................... for the purposes of investigation of the offence.

Dated this ......... day of ..................... 20 ......

............................................................ .........

Judge of the District Court

SCHEDULE 1

ORDER 38

MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

Power of Court in cases of variance, defects, omissions, no offence disclosed or no appearance

Variance between evidence and complaint

1.(1) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (3) hereof. in cases of summary jurisdiction no variance between the complaint and the evidence adduced in support thereof, as to the time at which the offence or cause of complaint is stated to have been committed or to have arisen, shall be deemed material, provided that such information or complaint was in fact made within the time limited by law for making the same; nor shall any variance between the complaint and the evidence adduced in support thereof, as to the place in which the offence or cause of complaint is stated to have been committed or to have arisen, be deemed material, provided that the said offence or cause of complaint was committed or arose within the jurisdiction of the Judge by whom the case is being heard, or that, the accused resides or in the case of an offence was arrested within such jurisdiction. In any such case the Court may amend the summons, warrant or other document by which the proceedings were originated and proceed to hear and determine the matter.

Defects

(2) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (3) hereof, no objection shall be taken or allowed on the ground of a defect in substance or in form or an omission in the summons, warrant or other document by which the proceedings were originated, or of any variance between any such document and the evidence adduced on the part of the prosecutor at the hearing of the case in summary proceedings or at the examination of the witnesses during the preliminary examination of an indictable offence, but the Court may amend any such summons, warrant or other document, or proceed in the matter as though no such defect, omission or variance had existed.

Court's Discretion

(3) Provided, however, that if in the opinion of the Court the variance defect or omission is one which has misled or prejudiced the accused or which might affect the merits of the case, it may refuse to make any such amendment and may dismiss the complaint either without prejudice to its being again made, or on the merits, as the Court thinks fit; or if it makes such amendment, it may upon such terms as it thinks fit adjourn the proceedings to any future day at the same time or at any other place.

No offence Disclosed/No appearance

(4) Where the Court is of opinion that the complaint before it discloses no offence at law, or if neither the prosecutor nor accused appears. it may if it or thinks fit strike out the complaint with or without awarding costs.

Order to inspect and copy entries in Banker's Books

Application for -venue

2. (1) An application by a party to proceedings before the Court for an order under section 7 of the Bankers' Books Evidence Act. 1879 (42 & 43 Vict. Ch. 11) authorising that party to inspect and take copies of entries in a banker's books for any of the purposes of such proceedings may be made at any sitting of the Court for the Court district wherein the proceedings have been brought.

- Notice of

(2) Such application shall be preceded by the issue of a notice in the Form 38.1. Schedule B. which shall be lodged with the Clerk prior to the making of the application.

Order of Court

(3) The order of the Court granting the application shall be in the Form 38.10, Schedule B, which shall, unless the Court otherwise directs, be served upon the relevant bank three clear days before the order is to be obeyed. Service may be effected by delivering a copy of the order to the office of the bank wherein the relevant records are kept.

Section 7A application venue

(4) An application to the District Court by a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of Superintendent under the provisions of section 7A of the Bankers' Books Evidence Act, 1879 (42 & 43 Vict. Ch. 11) as inserted by section 131 Central Bank Act, 1989, and as amended by section 14 of the Disclosure of Certain Information for Taxation and Other Purposes Act, 1996 , may be made at any sitting of the Court for the Court district wherein the offence in question is alleged to have been committed and may be heard otherwise than in public.

-Notice of

(5) Such application shall be preceded by the issue of a notice in the Form 38.10, Schedule B, which shall be lodged with the Clerk prior to the making of the application.

-Order

(6) The order of the Court granting the application shall be in the Form 38.11, Schedule B, which shall, unless the Court otherwise directs, be served upon the relevant bank three clear days before the order is to be obeyed. Service may be effected by delivering a copy of the order to the office of the bank wherein the relevant records are kept.

Procedure under Taxes Consolidation Act. 1997

Section 908A application venue

(7) An application by an authorised officer of the Revenue Commissioners under the provisions of section 908A of the Taxes Consolidation Act. 1997 as inserted by section 207 of the Finance Act. 1999, and as amended by section 68 of the Finance Act, 2000 and by section 132 of the Finance Act. 2002 shall be by information on oath and in writing, in the Form 38.12 Schedule B, to the District Court Judge for the District Court District wherein the offence in question is alleged is being, has been or is or was about to be committed, or where the financial institution in respect of which the order is sought is located, and may be heard otherwise than in public.

-Order

(8) The order of the Court granting the application shall be in the Form 38.13, Schedule B, which shall, unless the Court otherwise directs, be served upon the relevant financial institution three clear days before the order is to be obeyed. Service may be effected by delivering a copy of the order to the office of the financial institution wherein the relevant books or records are kept.

Notice to Coroner of result of proceedings

3. At the conclusion of criminal proceedings in the District Court in relation to the death of a person the Clerk shall, pursuant to section 25 (3) of the Coroners Act, 1962 (No. 9 of 1962), inform (in the Form 38.3, Schedule B) the coroner holding an inquest in relation to the death of the result of the proceedings.

Procedure under Criminal Justice Act. 1994

4. In rules 5 to 8 inclusive following, “the Act” means the Criminal Justice Act, 1994 (No. 15 of 1994).

Authority to detain cash

5. An application to the Court for an order under the provisions of subsection (2) of section 38 of the Act authorising the detention of cash seized beyond forty-eight hours shall be made by sworn information of a member of the Garda Síochána or an officer of customs and excise in the Form 38.4 Schedule B. The order of the Court thereon shall be in the Form 38.5 Schedule B.

- Further detention of cash

6.(1) An application to the Court under the provision of subsection (3) of section 38 of the Act for an order authorising the further detention of cash seized shall be made by notice in the Form 38.6, Schedule B.

- Notice of application

(2) Notice of the application shall be served on any person to be affected by the order at least seven days before the date of hearing. A copy of the notice of application together with a statutory declaration as to service thereof shall be lodged with the Clerk at least forty-eight hours before the date of hearing.

Order

(3) The order of the Court on the application shall be in the Form 38.7 Schedule B.

Release of cash

7. (1) An application to the Court under the provisions of subsection (5) of section 38 of the Act for an order directing the release of cash detained by virtue of the provisions of the said section shall be by notice in the Form 38.8. Schedule B.

Notice of application

(2) Notice of the application shall be served on the member of the Garda Síochána or officer of customs and excise on whose application the order for detention was made at least seven days before the date of hearing. A copy of the notice of application together with a statutory declaration as to service thereof shall be lodged with the Clerk at least forty-eight hours before the date of hearing.

-Order

(3) The order of the Court on the application shall be in the Form 38.9 Schedule B.

Venue

8. Applications to the Court under the Act may be brought, heard and determined before a Judge of the District Court at any sitting of the Court within such Judge's District.

Certificates under Sex Offenders Act. 2001

9. (1) A certificate for the purposes of section 14 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001 shall be in the Form 38.14, Schedule B and shall be signed by a District Court clerk.

(2) An order imposing post-release supervision pursuant to section 29 of the Sex Offenders Act. 2001 may be in the Form 38.15 Schedule B and a copy of such Order shall be transmitted to the Governor of the Prison or person in charge of the other place of detention to which the accused is committed.

Given this 19th day of May 2003

Peter Smithwick

Chairman

John Garavan

 

Uinsin Mac Gruairc

 

John P. Brophy

 

Mary C. Devins

 

Hugh O'Neill

 

Sean McMullin

 

Finbarr O'Malley

 

Damien J. Colgan

 

David Kelly

 

Liz Hughes

Secretary

I concur in the making of the foregoing rules

Dated this 3rd day of July, 2003

MICHAEL McDOWELL,

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

EXPLANATORY NOTE.

(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation)

These rules, which come into effect on 24th July, 2003 shall amend the District Court Rules 1997 ( S.I. No. 93 of 1997 ) as amended by the District Court (Taxes Consolidation Act 1997)(Amendment) Rules, 1999 ( S.I. No 234 of 1999 ); rule 2(7) of Order 38 is hereby amended.

The District Court Rules, 1997 ( S.I. No. 93 of 1997 shall be further amended by the deletion of sub-rule (8) of rule 2 of Order 38 and by the re-numbering of sub-rule (9) of the said rule 2 as sub-rule (8) of rule 2 of Order 38 and the said Order 38 appears in Schedule 1.

The Forms numbered 38.12 and 38.13 hereafter shall be substituted for the Forms of the same number in Schedule B to the District Court Rules 1997 ( S.I. No. 93 of 1997 ).

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