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Drug Trafficking Act 1994

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9 Application of procedure for enforcing fines.E+W

(1)Where the Crown Court orders the defendant to pay any amount under section 2 of this Act, [F1sections 139(1) to (4) and 140(1) to (3) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000] (powers of Crown Court in relation to fines and enforcement of Crown Court fines) shall have effect as if that 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 section 2 of this Act in respect of an offence or offences, and

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

the term of imprisonment or of detention under [F2section 108 of the 2000 Act] (detention of persons aged 18 to 20 for default) to be served in default of payment of the amount shall not begin to run until after the term mentioned in paragraph (b) above.

(3)The reference in subsection (2) above to the term of custody which the defendant is liable to serve in respect of the offence or offences is a reference to the term of imprisonment [F3or detention in a young offender institution] which he is liable to serve in respect of the offence or offences; and for the purposes of this subsection—

(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 suspended under [F4section 118(1) of the 2000 Act] (power to suspend sentence of imprisonment) which has not taken effect at the time the warrant is issued;

(ii)in the case of a sentence of imprisonment passed with an order under section 47(1) of the Criminal M1 Law Act 1977 (sentences of imprisonment partly served and partly suspended) any part of the sentence which the defendant has not at that time been required to serve in prison; and

(iii)any term of imprisonment or detention fixed under [F5section 139(2) of the 2000 Act] (term to be served in default of payment of fine etc) for which a warrant of commitment has not been issued at that time.

(4)In the application of Part III of the Magistrates’ M2 Courts Act 1980 to amounts payable under confiscation orders—

(a)such an amount is not a sum adjudged to be paid by a conviction for the purposes of section 81 (enforcement of fines imposed on young offenders), or a fine for the purposes of section 85 (remission of fines), of that Act; and

(b)in section 87 of that Act (enforcement by High Court or county court), subsection (3) shall be omitted.

(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 section applies in relation to confiscation orders made by—

(a)the criminal division of the Court of Appeal, or

(b)the House of Lords on appeal from that division,

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

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F1Words in s. 9(1) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165(1), 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 166(2)

F2Words in s. 9(2) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165(1), 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 166(3)

F3Words in s. 9(3) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165(1), 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 166(4)(a)

F4Words in s. 9(3)(b)(i) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165(1), 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 166(4)(b)

F5Words in s. 9(3)(b)(iii) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165(1), 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 166(4)(c)

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