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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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220Serious default

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(1)If the following three conditions are satisfied the Crown Court may order the payment of such compensation as it believes is just.

(2)The first condition is satisfied if a criminal investigation has been started with regard to an offence and proceedings are not started for the offence.

(3)The first condition is also satisfied if proceedings for an offence are started against a person and—

(a)they do not result in his conviction for the offence, or

(b)he is convicted of the offence but the conviction is quashed or he is pardoned in respect of it.

(4)If subsection (2) applies the second condition is that—

(a)in the criminal investigation there has been a serious default by a person mentioned in subsection (9), and

(b)the investigation would not have continued if the default had not occurred.

(5)If subsection (3) applies the second condition is that—

(a)in any criminal investigation with regard to the offence or in its prosecution there has been a serious default by a person who is mentioned in subsection (9), and

(b)the proceedings would not have been started or continued if the default had not occurred.

(6)The third condition is that an application is made under this section by a person who held realisable property and has suffered loss in consequence of anything done in relation to it by or in pursuance of an order under this Part.

(7)The offence referred to in subsection (2) may be one of a number of offences with regard to which the investigation is started.

(8)The offence referred to in subsection (3) may be one of a number of offences for which the proceedings are started.

(9)Compensation under this section is payable to the applicant and—

(a)if the person in default was or was acting as a police officer within the meaning of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c. 32), the compensation is payable by the Chief Constable;

(b)if the person in default was a member of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland or was acting on his behalf, the compensation is payable by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland;

(c)if the person in default was a member of the Serious Fraud Office, the compensation is payable by the Director of that Office;

(d)if the person in default was a customs officer, the compensation is payable by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise;

(e)if the person in default was an officer of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, the compensation is payable by those Commissioners.

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