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The Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Confiscation orders

8.—(1) Where a defendant is convicted, in any proceedings before the Crown Court or a court of summary jurisdiction, of an offence to which this Order applies the court shall—

(a)if the prosecution asks it to proceed under this Article, or

(b)if the court considers that, even though it has not been asked to do so, it is appropriate for it so to proceed,

determine whether the defendant has benefited from any relevant criminal conduct, or as the case may be, from drug trafficking.

(2) Subject to paragraph (4) if, in the case of an offence of a relevant description, the court determines that the defendant has benefited from any relevant criminal conduct, the court shall make an order (a confiscation order) ordering the defendant to pay—

(a)the amount equal to the value of the defendant’s benefit from the relevant criminal conduct; or

(b)the amount appearing to the court to be the amount that might be realised at the time the order is made,

whichever is the less.

(3) If, in the case of a drug trafficking offence, the Crown Court determines that the defendant has benefited from drug trafficking, the Court shall make an order (a confiscation order) ordering the defendant to pay—

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (b), the amount the Court assesses to be the value of the defendant’s proceeds of drug trafficking; or

(b)if the Court is satisfied that the amount that might be realised at the time the confiscation order is made is less than the amount the Court assesses to be the value of the defendant’s proceeds of drug trafficking,—

(i)the amount appearing to the Court to be the amount that might be so realised, or

(ii)a nominal amount, where it appears to the Court (on the information available to it at the time) that the amount that might be so realised is nil.

(4) If, in a case where the court determines that a defendant has benefited from any relevant criminal conduct, the court is satisfied that a victim of that conduct has instituted, or intends to institute, civil proceedings against the defendant in respect of loss, injury or damage sustained in connection with that conduct paragraph (2) shall not apply but the court may make an order (a confiscation order) ordering the defendant to pay such amount as the court thinks fit, being an amount which shall not exceed the amount which the court would have ordered him to pay under paragraph (2) if that paragraph had applied.

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