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26.—(1) A court by or before which a person is convicted of an offence under Article 9, 10, 11, 13, 19(1)[F1 22(1) or section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988] may make an order for the forfeiture, destruction or disposal of any relevant article.

(2) In paragraph (1) “relevant article” means—

(a)in relation to an offence under Article 9, 10, 11 or 13, any written material or recording shown to the satisfaction of the court to be written material or a recording to which the offence relates;

(b)in relation to an offence under Article 19(1), any thing in respect of which the offence was committed;

(c)in relation to an offence under Article 22(1)[F2 or section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988], any weapon[F2 or article, as the case may be,] in respect of which the offence was committed.

(3) An order made under paragraph (1) shall not take effect until the expiry of the ordinary time within which an appeal may be instituted or, where an appeal is duly instituted, until it is finally decided or abandoned; and for this purpose—

(a)an application for a case to be stated or for leave to appeal shall be treated as the institution of an appeal; and

(b)where a decision on appeal is subject to a further appeal, the appeal is not finally decided until the expiry of the ordinary time within which a further appeal may be instituted or, where a further appeal is duly instituted, until the further appeal is finally decided or abandoned.

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