Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008

Chapter 3

Confiscation of Property

Request for confiscation of property in designated state.

49.— (1) If a confiscation order relates to property in a designated state, the registrar or clerk of the court concerned shall, on request and subject to any conditions that may be specified by rules of court, give to the Director of Public Prosecutions—

(a) a duly authenticated copy of the order, and

(b) a certificate signed by the registrar or clerk and stating that the prescribed time for lodging an appeal has expired or, as the case may be, will expire on a specified date.

(2) If such a confiscation order has not been satisfied, the Director of Public Prosecutions may send to the Central Authority, for transmission to the competent authority in the designated state concerned—

(a) the documents mentioned in subsection (1),

(b) a document signed by or on behalf of the Director stating—

(i) that the order is in force and has not been satisfied, and

(ii) that the defendant appeared or was represented at the proceedings in which the order was made or, if not, the date on which the court proceedings began and the date on which the defendant received notice of them,

(c) a brief description of the conduct which resulted in the making of the order, and

(d) a request that the property concerned be realised and the proceeds applied in accordance with the law of that state.

(3) If—

(a) property is realised in pursuance of such a request, and

(b) the amount realised is less than, or equal to, the amount ordered to be paid under the confiscation order,

the amount so ordered is deemed to be reduced by an amount equal to the proceeds of realisation or, as the case may be, the confiscation order is deemed to be discharged.

(4) In any proceedings a certificate purporting to be issued by a competent authority in the designated state and stating—

(a) that property has been realised pursuant to the request,

(b) the date of realisation, and

(c) the proceeds of realisation,

is admissible, without further proof, as evidence of those matters.

(5) If the proceeds of realisation are stated in the certificate otherwise than in euro, they are to be taken as their euro equivalent calculated at the baseline rate of exchange prevailing on the date of realisation.