Updated to 26 April 2022 (Act No. 6 of 2022 and S.I. No. 220 of 2022)

Contents

Commencement

SectionCommencement DateCommencement Information
Ss. 1-21 1 September 2008 Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Commencement) Order 2008 (S.I. No. 338 of 2008), art. 2
Ss. 22-30 1 December 2014 Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Commencement) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 541 of 2014), art. 2
Ss. 31-111 1 September 2008 Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Commencement) Order 2008 (S.I. No. 338 of 2008), art. 2
Schs. 1-14 1 September 2008 Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Commencement) Order 2008 (S.I. No. 338 of 2008), art. 2

Amendments and other effects

How AffectedAffecting Provision
Act included in collectively cited Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Acts Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (40/2015), s. 37(2)
States designated for mutual assistance under (other than pt. 3) Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2012 (S.I. No. 222 of 2012), arts. 2-4, schedules
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 372 of 2010), arts. 2, 3, schedule
States designated for the purposes of mutual assistance Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Designation of States in Accordance with the Protocol of Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 300 of 2018), arts. 2, 3, schedule
Transfer of cert. functions under Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3, schedule 1
S. 2(1) amended European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 4(a)
  Criminal Law (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) Act 2019 (6/2019), ss. 4(a)(i), 5(2)
  Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Act 2017 (36/2017), ss. 9(a), 9(b), 11(2)
  Prisons Act 2015 (No. 57 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 21
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 2(a)(i)-2(a)(iv), 37(3)
  Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 128(a-c)
S. 2(1) references construed Criminal Justice (Perjury and Related Offences) Act 2021 (13/2021), s. 4(2), schedule 2
Part 2 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. no. 1
S. 2(6)(ca) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015),ss. 2(b)(i), 37(3)
S. 2(6)(e) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40/2015), ss. 2(b)(ii), 37(3)
S. 2(6)(ea),(eb) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 2(b)(iii), 37(3)
S. 2(6)(ga) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 2(b)(iv), 37(3)
S. 2(6)(gb) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 2(b)(iv), 37(3)
S. 2(6)(gb) deleted European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 4(b)(i)
S. 2(6)(gc) inserted European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 4(b)(ii)
S. 2(6)(ja) inserted Criminal Law (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) Act 2019 (6/2019), ss. 4(a)(ii), 5(2)
S. 12(1) amended Central Bank Reform Act 2010 (No. 23 of 2010), ss. 2, 15(14), schedule 2, pt. 14, para. 29
Part 4 (ss. 31-60) state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 60 of 2011), arts. 2, 4
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 1-4
S. 31(1) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 3(a)-3(c), 37(3)
S. 34(1) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 5, 37(3)
S. 35(6) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 6, 37(3)
S. 36(6)(a) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 4, 37(3)
S. 38(1) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 7(a), 37(3)
S. 38(4) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 7(b), 37(3)
S. 42 transfer of certain functions under Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3 & sch. 1
S. 44(b) substituted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 8, 37(3)
S. 45(1) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 9, 37(3)
S. 46(1)(e) amended European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 7
S. 48(2) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 10(a), 37(3)
S. 48(3)(a) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 10(b), 37(3)
S. 49(2A) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015, (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 11(a), 37(3)
S. 49(4A) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 11(b), 37(3)
S. 51 substituted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 12, 37(3)
S. 51A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 13, 37(3)
S. 51B inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 14, 37(3)
S. 51B(1) amended European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 8(a)
S. 51B(3) amended European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 8(b)
S. 51C inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 15, 37(3)
S. 51D inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 16, 37(3)
S. 51D(4) inserted European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 9
S. 51E inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 17, 37(3)
S. 51F inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 18, 37(3)
S. 51G inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 19, 37(3)
S. 52(5) amended European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 10(a)
S. 52(5A) inserted European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 10(b)
S. 53(1)(a) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 20(a), 37(3)
Ss. 53(7), 53(8) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 20(b), 37(3)
S. 53(8) amended European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 11
S. 56(5) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 21, 37(3)
S. 57(b) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 22, 37(3)
S. 57A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 23, 37(3)
S. 60 transfer of certain functions Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3 & sch. 1
Part 4A (ss. 60A-60I) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 24, 37(3)
Part 5 (ss. 61-79C) state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011) arts. 2, 4, schedule
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 60 of 2011), arts. 2, 4
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 1-4
S. 67 order under at preliminary trial hearing Criminal Procedure Act 2021 (7/2021), ss. 1(2), 6(8)(b)(viii)
S. 67(1)(c) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 25(a), 37(3)
S. 67(3) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 25(b), 37(3)
S. 67(4)(d) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), s. 25(c)
S. 68(2)(d) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 26, 37(3)
S. 69(a) amended Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 27, 37(3)
Ss. 74(12A), 74(12B) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 28, 37(3)
S. 75(8A) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 29, 37(3)
S. 75A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 30, 37(3)
Part 5 ch. 3 (ss. 76-79C) provision for taking certain identification evidence under Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (11/2014), ss. 1(2), 155
S. 76 amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 129(a), 129(b)
S. 76(1-3) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 129(c), 129(d)
S. 76(1) amended Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), ss. 1(3), 208(a)
S. 77(5)(b) amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 130(a)
S. 77(5)(ba) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 130(b)
S. 77(7) application restricted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 125(7), 125(8)
S. 78(a) amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 131(a), 131(c)
S. 78(b) substituted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 131(b), 131(c)
Ss. 78(c)-78(e) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 131(b), 131(c)
Ss. 78(1)-78(2) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 131(c), 131(d)
Ss. 79(1)(b), 79(1)(c) substituted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(a)
S. 79(2) amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(b)(i)
S. 79(2)(c) amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(b)(ii)
S. 79(2)(d) substituted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(b)(iii)
S. 79(2)(e) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(b)(iii)
Ss. 79(3), 79(8), 79(9)(b) amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(c)-132(e)
Ss. 79(9A)-79(9D) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(f)
Ss. 79(10), 79(11) substituted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(g), 132(h)
Ss. 79(11A)-79(11T) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(i)
S. 79(12) substituted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 132(j)
Ss. 79A-79C inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 133-135
S. 79C(7) amended Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), ss. 1(3), 208(b)
Pt. 6 (other than s. 83) state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act, 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order, 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011) arts. 2, 4, schedule
Part 6 (other than ss. 83 and 88-92) state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. no. 1
Part 6, ch. 1 (ss. 80-82) state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 60 of 2011), arts. 2, 4
S. 80 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 2-4
S. 81 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 2-4
S. 82 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 2-4
Part 7 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. no. 1
S.88(2) repealed Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 36(a), 37(3)
S. 94(3) amended Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (6/2010), ss. 1(2), 118
Ss. 94(5), 94(6) substituted Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), ss. 1(3), 208(c)(i)
S. 94(8) inserted Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), ss. 1(3), 208(c)(ii)
Part 7A (ss. 94A-94E) inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 31, 37(3)
S. 95(1) Europol Act 2012 (No. 53 of 2012), ss. 18, 21(2)
S. 95(3)-(5) inserted European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 5
S. 95A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 32, 37(3)
S. 95A renumbered as s. 95A(1) European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 6(a)
S. 95A(1) amended European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 6(b)
S. 95A(2)-(5) inserted European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 6(c)
S. 97 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011) arts. 2, 4, schedule
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 2-4
S. 98 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act, 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order, 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011) arts. 2, 4, schedule
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 2-4
S. 99 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act, 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order, 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011) arts. 2, 4, schedule
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010), arts. 2, 4, schedule, ref. nos. 2-4
S. 103 state designated for mutual assistance under Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act, 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order, 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011) arts. 2, 4, schedule
Ss. 107(2), 107(3) substituted Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), ss. 1(3), 208(d)(i)
S. 107(3)(b) amended Criminal Justice (International Co-Operation) Act 2019 (27/2019), ss. 8, 10(2)
S. 107(4) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 136
S. 107(5) inserted Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), ss. 1(3), 208(d)(ii)
S. 107(5) amended Criminal Justice (international Co-operation) Ac 2019 (27/2019), ss. 8, 10(2)
S. 108 amended Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 137
S. 109(1A) inserted Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014) ss. 1(2), 138
Schedule 3A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), s. 33(a), 37(3) schedule 1
Schedule 5A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 33(b), 37(3), schedule 2
Schedule 5B inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 33(c), 37(3), schedule 3
Schedule 7A inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 33(d), 37(3), schedule 4
Schedule 7B inserted Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 40 of 2015), ss. 33(e), 37(3), schedule 5
Schedule 7B deleted European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 7(a)
Schedule 7C inserted European Union (Eurojust) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 637 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 7(b), schedule
Schedule 7D inserted European Union (Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 38 of 2022), regs. 1(2), 12
Schedule 10A inserted Criminal Law (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) Act 2019 (6/2019), ss. 4(b), schedule, 5(2)

SIs made under the Act

SectionSIs made under the Act
S. 4 Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Designation of United Kingdom) Order 2022 (S.I. No. 44 of 2022)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Designation of United Kingdom) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 718 of 2020)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Designation of Japan in Accordance with the Agreement with Japan) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 151 of 2020)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Designation of States in Accordance with the Protocol of Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 300 of 2018)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2012 (S.I. No. 222 of 2012)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act, 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 561 of 2011)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 60 of 2011)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) (No. 2) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 372 of 2010)
  Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008 (Section 4) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 42 of 2010)
S. 11, continued in force Criminal Justice Act 1994 (Section 55(1)) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 68 of 2017)
  Criminal Justice Act 1994 (Section 47(1)) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 67 of 2006
  Criminal Justice Act 1994 (Section 46(1)) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 66 of 2006)