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Criminal Assets Recovery Bill 2001

1998—1999—2000—2001

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Assets Recovery Bill 2001

 

No.      , 2001

 

 

 

(Mr Kerr)

 

 

 

A Bill for an  Act to provide for  a civil forfeiture scheme for the proceeds of criminal activity and for other related purposes.

 

 

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                     1

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Principal objects................................................................................. 2

4............ Interpretation...................................................................................... 2

5............ Proceedings are civil, not criminal....................................................... 7

6............ Meaning of ``serious crime related activity''....................................... 8

7............ Meaning of ``interest in property''..................................................... 8

8............ Meaning of ``effective control of interest in property''...................... 9

9............ Meaning of ``serious crime derived property'' and ``illegally acquired property''    10

Part 2—Restraining Orders                                                                                             13

10.......... Restraining orders............................................................................. 13

11.......... Notice of restraining order................................................................ 15

12.......... Court may make further orders........................................................ 16

13.......... Privilege............................................................................................ 18

14 Court may order sale.................................................................................. 19

15.......... Recording of restraining order........................................................... 20

16.......... Contravention of restraining order.................................................... 20

17.......... Restrictions on payment of legal expenses from restrained property 21

18.......... Maximum legal expenses that can be met from restrained property 22

19.......... Order for taxation of legal expenses.................................................. 23

20.......... Protection of Official Trustee........................................................... 24

21.......... Costs etc payable to Official Trustee............................................... 25

22.......... Effect on restraining order of refusal to make confiscation order..... 25

23.......... Certificate by Official Trustee.......................................................... 26

Part 3—Confiscation                                                                                                            27

24.......... Making of assets forfeiture order..................................................... 27

25.......... Effect of assets forfeiture order........................................................ 28

26.......... Dealing with forfeited property prohibited...................................... 29

27.......... Relief from hardship—spouses and dependants.............................. 29

28.......... Exclusion of property from restraining order and assets forfeiture order                 30

29.......... Exclusion of the value of innocent interests from assets forfeiture order                 32

30.......... Making of proceeds assessment order.............................................. 33

31.......... Assessment of proceeds of serious crime related activity................ 35

33.......... Relief from Hardship - spouse and dependants............................... 37

33.......... Enforcement of order against property under effective control....... 38

34.......... Official Trustee may discharge proceeds assessment order............. 39

35.......... Charge on property.......................................................................... 41

Part 4—Information gathering powers                                                                       43

Division 1—Production orders                                                                                      43

36.......... Making of production order............................................................. 43

37.......... Powers under production order........................................................ 44

38.......... Effect of production order on proceedings etc................................. 44

39.......... Variation of production order........................................................... 45

40.......... Failure to comply with production order......................................... 45

41.......... Prohibited disclosures about production orders............................... 46

Division 2—Search powers (general)                                                                         48

42.......... Search warrants................................................................................. 48

43.......... Seizure of property and searching of person.................................... 48

44.......... Responsibility for seized property.................................................. 49

45.......... Return of certain seized property.................................................... 50

46.......... Obstruction etc of person executing warrant.................................... 51

Division 3—Search powers (property tracking)                                                   52

47.......... Consent to search for, and to seizure of, property-tracking document 52

48.......... Application for search warrant for location of property-tracking document           52

49.......... Search warrant for location etc of property..................................... 52

50.......... Requirements of search warrant....................................................... 53

51.......... Other documents and evidence may be seized................................. 53

52.......... Legal professional privilege.............................................................. 54

Division 4—Monitoring orders                                                                                      55

53.......... Monitoring orders............................................................................. 55

54.......... Offences relating to monitoring order............................................... 56

55.......... Existence and operation of monitoring order not to be disclosed..... 56

56.......... Communication of information by financial institutions to prescribed authorities  58

Part 5—General                                                                                                                      59

57.......... Jurisdiction....................................................................................... 59

58.......... Proceedings for offences................................................................... 59

59.......... Proof of certain matters.................................................................... 60

60.......... Conduct of directors, employees or agents...................................... 60

61.......... Serious crime related activity can form basis of a number of orders 62

62.......... Orders can be extended to innocent interests................................... 62

63.......... Effect of death of person involved................................................... 63

64.......... Effect of death of joint owner of restrained property...................... 63

65.......... Arrangements to avoid operation of Act.......................................... 64

66.......... Act binds Crown.............................................................................. 65

67.......... Restriction on functions................................................................... 65

68.......... Publication of proceedings................................................................ 65

69.......... Stay of proceedings.......................................................................... 66

70.......... Requirements to give notice.............................................................. 66

71.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 66

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for a civil forfeiture scheme for the proceeds of criminal activity and for other related purposes.

 

The Parliament of Australia enacts: