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The Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Application of procedure for enforcing fines

13.—(1) Where the Crown Court orders the defendant to pay any amount under this Order, section 35(1), (2) and (4) of the [1945 c. 15 (N.I.).] Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945 (powers of Crown Court in relation to fines) shall have effect as if the amount were a fine imposed on him by the Crown Court.

(2) Where—

(a)a warrant of commitment is issued for a default in payment of an amount ordered to be paid under this Order in respect of an offence; and

(b)at the time the warrant is issued, the defendant is liable to serve a term of custody in respect of the offence;

the term of imprisonment or of detention under section 5 of the [1968 c. 29 (N.I.).] Treatment of Offenders Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 (detention of persons aged 16 to 21 for default) to be served in default of payment of the amount shall not begin to run until after the term mentioned in sub-paragraph (b).

(3) The reference in paragraph (2) to the term of custody which the defendant is liable to serve in respect of the offence is a reference to the term of imprisonment or of detention under section 5 of the [1968 c. 29 (N.I.).] Treatment of Offenders Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 which he is liable to serve in respect of the offence; and for the purposes of this paragraph—

(a)consecutive terms and terms which are wholly or partly concurrent shall be treated as a single term; and

(b)there shall be disregarded—

(i)any sentence of imprisonment or order for detention suspended under section 18 of the Treatment of Offenders Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 (suspended sentences or orders for detention) which has not taken effect at the time the warrant is issued; and

(ii)any term of imprisonment or detention fixed under section 35(1)(c) of the [1945 c. 15 (N.I.).] Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945 for which a warrant of commitment has not been issued at that time.

(4) An amount payable under a confiscation order is not a fine, costs, damages or compensation for the purposes of section 76 of the [1968 c. 34] Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 (N.I.). (enforcement of fines imposed on young offenders) or a sum adjudged to be paid by a conviction for the purposes of Article 91(5) of the [1981 NI 26.] Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (remission of sum).

(5) Where the defendant serves a term of imprisonment or detention in default of paying any amount due under a confiscation order, his serving that term does not prevent the confiscation order from continuing to have effect, so far as any other method of enforcement is concerned.

(6) This Article applies in relation to confiscation orders made b y —

(a)the Court of Appeal, or

(b)the House of Lords on appeal from the Court of Appeal,

as it applies in relation to confiscation orders made by the Crown Court, and the reference in paragraph (1) to the Crown Court shall be construed accordingly.

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