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The Knives etc. (Disposal of Forfeited Property) (Scotland) Order 2010

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1.  This Order may be cited as the Knives etc. (Disposal of Forfeited Property) (Scotland) Order 2010 and comes into force on 25th June 2010.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order—

the Act” means the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982;

“museum or similar institution” means any institution to which the public are given access which has as its purpose, or one of its purposes, the preservation and display of material of historical, aesthetic or technical interest;

“property” means property in the possession of the police by virtue of section 27K(2) of the Act; and

“the relevant authority” means a police authority or a joint police board (constituted under an amalgamation scheme made under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967(1)) having possession of the property under section 27K(2) of the Act.

Property to which this Order applies

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), this Order applies to property in respect of which—

(a)no application under section 27K(3) of the Act has been made before the end of the period of 6 months beginning with the date on which the forfeiture order was made; or

(b)such application, having been made, has been refused.

(2) Where, within the period specified in paragraph (1)(a)—

(a)an application has been made under section 27K(3) of the Act but not determined; or

(b)the person upon whose conviction the court ordered the forfeiture of the property under section 27J of the Act has appealed against the conviction or sentence,

this Order does not apply to the property unless and until that application or appeal has been refused.

Disposal of Property

4.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (4) to (6) below, rights in the property will vest in the relevant authority where either the appeal or application (as the case may be) referred to in article 3 is refused or where a recovery order is granted but section 27K(6) of the Act applies (rights lost at the end of 6 months).

(2) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4) below, property to which this Order applies must be destroyed by the police.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), the relevant authority may, instead of arranging for the destruction of the property, give or sell it to a museum or similar institution but only where the relevant authority is satisfied that the property is of particular rarity, aesthetic quality or technical or historical interest.

(4) On application by the Lord Advocate the court may direct that any property to which the forfeiture order relates, is to vest in any person other than the relevant authority for its destruction or disposal, and may dis-apply paragraph (6) and make such other order relating to any proceeds as it considers appropriate.

(5) The title to any property given or sold to a museum or similar institution, or any other person transfers to that institution or person in accordance with paragraphs (3) or (4), and except for proceeds mentioned in paragraph (6), discharges the rights and duties of the relevant authority under paragraphs (1) and (2).

(6) The proceeds of any disposals under this Order (if any) are to be paid to, and vest in, the relevant authority unless a court orders otherwise.

KENNY MACASKILL

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

26th May 2010

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