Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008

Forfeiture co-operation order.

60.— (1) The Central Authority, on receipt of an external forfeiture order and accompanying documents, may cause an application to be made to the High Court for an order (a “forfeiture co-operation order”) for the forfeiture of realisable property in the State to which the external forfeiture order relates.

(2) The application shall be accompanied by the request, the accompanying documents and any other related documents or by copies thereof.

(3) On the application the Court may, subject to subsection (4), make a forfeiture co-operation order.

(4) The Court may not make a forfeiture co-operation order unless—

(a) it is satisfied—

(i) that the application is made with the consent of the Minister,

(ii) as to the matters mentioned in section 59 (2)(b),

(iii) that the conduct which resulted in the making of the external forfeiture order constitutes criminal conduct, and

(iv) that the making of the order is otherwise in accordance with the relevant international instrument,


(b) an opportunity has been given to any person claiming to own, or have an interest in, the property subject to the external forfeiture order to show cause why the order should not be made.

(5) A forfeiture co-operation order operates to deprive the defendant in the proceedings in which the external forfeiture order was made of any right or interest in the property and to vest the property in the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána.

(6) The forfeited property or the proceeds of any sale of the property shall be disposed of for the benefit of the Exchequer in accordance with the directions of the Minister for Finance, unless, on request by or on behalf of the designated state concerned and in accordance with the relevant international instrument, the Court provides otherwise.

(7) The Court—

(a) may vary or discharge a forfeiture co-operation order on the application of any person claiming to own or have an interest in the property concerned or to be otherwise affected by the order and may in that connection consult the court which made the external forfeiture order, and

(b) shall—

(i) vary a forfeiture co-operation order in accordance with any variation in the external forfeiture order, and

(ii) if satisfied that the external forfeiture order has been revoked, discharge it.

(8) The Police (Property) Act 1897 does not apply to property which vests in the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána by virtue of this section.

(9) This section applies to any property which is in the possession of the Garda Síochána under section 61(4) of the Act of 1994.

(10) Nothing in this section affects any enactment whereby property is, or may be ordered to be, forfeited as a result of a conviction for an offence.