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Appointment of administratorsE+W+S

1(1)On the application of the prosecutor the M1court may as regards property—E+W+S

(a)affected by a restraint order or a suspended forfeiture order, appoint a person to manage, or otherwise deal with, the property; or

(b)where a suspended forfeiture order F1. . . has been made, appoint a person (or empower an appointee under paragraph (a) above) to realise the property,

in accordance with the court’s directions and may (whether on making the appointment or from time to time) require any person having possession of the property to give possession of it to the appointee (any such appointee being in this Act referred to as an “administrator”).

(2)A requirement under sub-paragraph (1) above—

(a)F2. . . may relate to the property generally or to particular such property and may be subject to such exceptions and conditions as may be specified by the court;

(b)F3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)On a requirement being imposed under sub-paragraph (1) above—

(a)the clerk of court shall forthwith notify—

(i)the person in respect of whom the restraint order, or as the case may be the suspended forfeiture order F4. . . , has been made; and

(ii)any other person named in the requirement as being subject to it; and

(b)any dealing of or with such person in relation to the property shall be of no effect in a question with the administrator unless whoever dealt with the person had, at the time when the dealing occurred, no knowledge of the appointment.

(4)The court, at the instance of any person having an interest, may at any time—

(a)vary or withdraw a requirement imposed under sub-paragraph (1) above; or

(b)without prejudice to paragraph 4 below or to the powers and duties of an administrator pending a decision under this sub-sub-paragraph, on cause shown, remove the administrator from office.

(5)On the death or resignation of the administrator, or on his removal from office under sub-paragraph (4)(b) above or paragraph 5 below, the court shall appoint a new administrator.

(6)Such of the property (if any) as was, by virtue of paragraph 2(3) below, vested in the administrator who has died, resigned or been removed shall forthwith vest in the new administrator; and any requirement imposed under sub-paragraph (1) above shall, on the person subject to the requirement being notified in writing of the appointment by the appointee, apply in relation to the appointee instead of in relation to his predecessor.

(7)The administration of property by an administrator shall be deemed continuous notwithstanding any temporary vacancy in that office.

(8)Any appointment under this paragraph shall be on such conditions as to caution as the accountant of court may think fit to impose; but the premium of any bond of caution or other security thereby required of the administrator shall be treated as part of his outlays in his actings as such.

(9)Without prejudice to paragraph 5 below, section 6 of the M2Judicial Factors (Scotland) Act 1889 (supervision of judicial factors) shall not apply in relation to an appointment under this section.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in Sch. 1 para. 1(1)(b) repealed (24.3.2003) by Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29), ss.456- 458(1), Sch. 11 para. 28(3)(a), {Sch. 12}; S.S.I. 2003/210, art. 2, Sch. (subject to arts. 3-7)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Sch. 1 para. 1 extended (E.W.) (17.4.2001) by S.I. 2001/953, art. 3(4)(a)(i)

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