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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Section 391: Disclosure orders

541.Under subsection (1), the Lord Advocate may apply to the High Court for a disclosure order in respect of a confiscation investigation and the Scottish Ministers may apply to the Court of Session for a disclosure order in respect of a civil recovery investigation. Because of the necessarily invasive nature of such an order, it is not thought appropriate that such a power should be available for investigations into money laundering offences, although comparable powers exist in the Terrorism Act 2000 in relation to terrorist offences as well as terrorist funding.

542.Once a disclosure order has been made, the Lord Advocate or the Scottish Ministers may use the extensive powers set out in subsection (4) throughout the relevant investigation. Thus, unlike the other orders covered by this Part which have to be applied for separately on each occasion, a disclosure order gives the Lord Advocate or the Scottish Ministers continuing powers for the purposes of the relevant investigation. A person may require that evidence of the authority to exercise disclosure powers be provided. Where this happens, it is envisaged that a copy of the disclosure order will be given to the person.

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