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Additional investigation powersN.I.

49.—(1) If, on an application made by [F1 a senior officer of an enforcement authority], by complaint on oath, a [F2 Crown Court] judge is satisfied—

(a)that [F2 a confiscation investigation] is taking place; and

(b)that the investigation could be more effectively carried out with the participation of a person who is not a police officer [F3 or customs officer] and who is [F4 an accredited financial investigator] named in the application;F5. . .

Sub‐para. (c) rep. by 2002 c. 29

he may authorise that person ( “a financial investigator”) to exercise for the purposes of the investigation the powers conferred by Schedule 2.

[F3(1A) If, on an application made by [F4[F6a senior National Crime Agency officer] or] a senior officer of an enforcement authority by complaint on oath, a [F2 Crown Court] judge is satisfied—

(a)that [F2 a confiscation investigation] is taking place; and

(b) that the investigation could be more effectively carried out if [F4[F7 a member of staff of the Agency ] or ] a person named in the application who is a police officer or customs officer were authorised to exercise for the purposes of the investigation the powers conferred by [F2 paragraph 3A ] of Schedule 2; F5 . . .

Sub‐para. (c) rep. by 2002 c. 29

he may authorise [F4[F7a member of staff of the Agency] or] that person to exercise, for the purposes of the investigation the powers conferred by [F2 paragraph 3A] of Schedule 2.]

[F8(1B) If, on an application made by [F9[F10a National Crime Agency officer] or a relevant Director], a judge of the High Court is satisfied—

(a)that a civil recovery investigation is taking place; and

(b)that the investigation could be more effectively carried out if [F11a member of staff of the Agency or] the Director were authorised to exercise for the purposes of the investigation the powers conferred by paragraph 3A of Schedule 2,

the judge may authorise [F11a member of staff of the Agency or] the Director to exercise those powers for that purpose.]

(2) An application under [F8 this Article] may be made ex parte to a judge in chambers.

(3) Crown Court rules may make provision as to the procedure for applications under paragraph (1) [F3 or (1A)] [F8 and rules of court may make provision as to the procedure for applications under paragraph (1B)].

Para. (4) rep. by 2002 c. 29

[F1(5) In this Article—

  • [F4“accredited financial investigator” has the meaning given by section 3(5) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;

  • “confiscation investigation” has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of Part 8 of that Act by virtue of section 341(1);]

  • [F8“civil recovery investigation” has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of Part 8 of that Act by virtue of section 341(2) and (3);]

  • Definition rep. by 2002 c. 29

  • “enforcement authority” means—

    (a)

    the Royal Ulster Constabulary; or

    (b)

    the Commissioners of Customs and Excise;

  • “police officer” has the same meaning as in Article 2(2) of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989;

  • [F12relevant Director ” means the Director of the Serious Fraud Office or the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland; ]

  • Definition rep. by 2002 c. 29

  • [F13[F14senior National Crime Agency officer] ” means—

    (a)

    the Director General of the [F15National Crime Agency]; or

    (b)

    [F16any National Crime Agency officer] authorised by the Director General (whether generally or specifically) for the purpose of this Article;]

  • “senior officer of an enforcement authority” means—

    (a)

    a police officer of at least the rank of superintendent; or

    (b)

    a customs officer of at least such grade as is designated by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise as equivalent to that rank.]

F6Words in art. 49(1A) substituted (7.10.2013) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(2), Sch. 8 para. 53(2); S.I. 2013/1682, art. 3(v)

F14Words in art. 49(5) substituted (7.10.2013) by virtue of Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(2), Sch. 8 para. 53(4)(a); S.I. 2013/1682, art. 3(v)

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