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The Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Charging orders in respect of land, securities, etc.

32.—(1) The High Court may make a charging order on realisable property for securing the payment to the Crown—

(a)where a confiscation order has not been made, of an amount equal to the value from time to time of the property charged; and

(b)in any other case, of an amount not exceeding the amount payable under the confiscation order.

(2) A charging order—

(a)may be made only on an application by the prosecution;

(b)may be made on an ex parte application to a judge in chambers;

(c)shall provide for notice to be given to persons affected by the order; and

(d)may be made subject to such conditions as the Court thinks fit and, without prejudice to the generality of this sub-paragraph, such conditions as it thinks fit as to the time when the charge is to become effective.

(3) Subject to paragraph (5), a charge may be imposed by a charging order only on—

(a)any interest in realisable property, which is an interest held beneficially by the defendant or by a person to whom the defendant has directly or indirectly made a gift caught by this Order and is an interest—

(i)in any asset of a kind mentioned in paragraph (4); or

(ii)under any trust; or

(b)any interest in realisable property held by a person as trustee of a trust if the interest is in such an asset or is an interest under another trust and a charge may by virtue of sub-paragraph (a) be imposed by a charging order on the whole beneficial interest under the first-mentioned trust.

(4) The assets referred to in paragraph (3) are—

(a)land in Northern Ireland; or

(b)securities of any of the following kinds—

(i)government funds or stock;

(ii)stock of any body incorporated within Northern Ireland (other than a building society);

(iii)stock of any body incorporated outside Northern Ireland (other than a building society incorporated in Great Britain) or of any country or territory outside the United Kingdom, being stock registered in a register kept at any place within Northern Ireland;

(iv)units of any unit trust in respect of which a register of the unit holders is kept at any place within Northern Ireland.

(5) In any case where a charge is imposed by a charging order on any interest in an asset of a kind mentioned in paragraph (4)(b), the High Court may provide for the charge to extend to any interest or dividend payable in respect of the asset.

(6) In relation to a charging order, the Court—

(a)may make an order discharging or varying it; and

(b)shall make an order discharging it—

(i)on the conclusion of the proceedings or of the application in question; or

(ii)on payment into court of the amount payment of which is secured by the charge.

(7) An application for the discharge or variation of a charging order may be made by any person affected by it.

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