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Serious Crime Act 2007

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

    1. Part 1 - Serious Crime Prevention Orders

    2. Part 2 - Encouraging or Assisting Crime

    3. Part 3 - Other Measures to Prevent or Disrupt Serious and Other Crime

    4. Part 4 - General and Final Provisions

  3. Background

  4. Territorial Extent

  5. Territorial Application: Wales

  6. Commentary on Sections

    1. General

      Part 1: Serious Crime Prevention Orders

      1. Section 1: Serious crime prevention orders

      2. Section 2: Involvement in serious crime: England and Wales orders

      3. Section 3: Involvement in serious crime: Northern Ireland orders

      4. Section 4: Involvement in serious crime: supplementary

      5. Section 5: Type of provision that may be made by orders

      6. General safeguards in relation to orders

        1. Section 6: Any individual must be 18 or over

        2. Section 7: Other exceptions

        3. Section 8: Limited class of applicants for making of orders

        4. Section 9: Right of third parties to make representations

        5. Section 10: Notice requirements in relation to orders

      7. Information safeguards

        1. Section 11: Restrictions on oral answers

        2. Section 12: Restrictions for legal professional privilege

        3. Section 13: Restrictions on excluded material and banking information

        4. Section 14: Restrictions relating to other enactments

        5. Section 15: Restrictions on use of information obtained

      8. Duration, variation and discharge of orders

        1. Section 16: Duration of orders

        2. Section 17: Variation of orders

        3. Section 18: Discharge of orders

      9. Extension of jurisdiction to Crown Court

        1. Section 19: Orders by Crown Court on conviction

        2. Section 20: Powers of the Crown Court to vary orders on conviction

        3. Section 21: Powers of Crown Court to vary orders on breach

        4. Section 22: Inter-relationship between different types of orders

      10. Appeals

        1. Section 23: Additional right of appeal from High Court

        2. Section 24: Appeals from Crown Court

      11. Enforcement

        1. Section 25: Offence of failing to comply with order

        2. Section 26: Powers of forfeiture in respect of offence

        3. Section 27: Powers to wind up companies : England and Wales and Scotland

        4. Section 28: Powers to wind up companies : Northern Ireland

        5. Section 29: Powers to wind up: supplementary

      12. Particular types of bodies

        1. Section 30: Bodies corporate including limited liability partnerships

        2. Section 31: Other partnerships

        3. Section 32: Unincorporated associations

        4. Section 33: Overseas bodies

        5. Section 34: Providers of information society services

      13. Supplementary

        1. Section 35: Proceedings in the High Court

        2. Section 36: Proceedings in the Crown Court

        3. Section 37 and Schedule 2: Functions of applicant authorities

        4. Section 38: Disclosure of information in accordance with orders

        5. Section 39: Compliance with orders: authorised monitors

        6. Section 40: Costs in relation to authorised monitors

        7. Section 41: Powers of law enforcement officers to retain documents

        8. Section 42: Interpretation: Part 1

        9. Section 43: Index of defined expressions: Part 1

    2. Inchoate offences

      Part 2: Encouraging or Assisting Crime

      1. Section 44: Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence

      2. Section 45: Encouraging or assisting an offence believing it will be committed

      3. Section 46: Encouraging or assisting offences believing one or more will be committed

      4. Section 47: Proving an offence under this Part

      5. Section 48: Proving an offence under section 46

      6. Section 49:  Supplemental provisions

      7. Reasonableness defence

        1. Section 50:  Defence of acting reasonably

      8. Limitation on Liability

        1. Section 51:  Protective offences: victims not liable

      9. Jurisdiction and Procedure

        1. Section 52:  Jurisdiction and Schedule 4

        2. Section 53:  Prosecution of offences triable by reason of Schedule 4

        3. Section 54: Institution of proceedings for an offence under this Part

        4. Section 55:  Mode of trial

        5. Section 56: Persons who may be perpetrators or encouragers

        6. Section 57: Alternative verdicts and guilty pleas

        7. Section 58:  Penalties

      10. Consequential alterations of the law

        1. Section 59:  Abolition of common law replaced by this Part

        2. Section 60: Amendments relating to service law

        3. Section 61: Repeal of offence of enabling unauthorised access to computer material

        4. Section 62: No individual liability in respect of corporate manslaughter

        5. Section 63: Consequential amendments: Part 2

      11. Interpretation: Part 2

        1. Section 64:  Encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence

        2. Section 65: Being capable of encouraging or assisting

        3. Section 66: Indirectly encouraging or assisting

        4. Section 67:  Course of conduct

    3. Part 3: Other Measures to Prevent or Disrupt Serious and Other Crime

      1. Sharing information with anti-fraud organisations

        Chapter 1: Prevention of Fraud

        1. Section 68: Disclosure of information to prevent fraud

        2. Section 69: Offence for certain further disclosures of information

        3. Section 70: Penalty and prosecution for offence under section 69

        4. Section 71: Code of practice for disclosure of information to prevent fraud

        5. Section 72: Data protection rules

        6. Section 73: Data matching and Schedule 7

      2. Assets Recovery Agency

        Chapter 2: Proceeds of Crime

        1. Section 74: Abolition of Assets Recovery Agency and redistribution of functions

        2. Schedule 8: Abolition of Assets Recovery Agency and its Director

        3. Schedule 9: Transfers to or

        4. Section 75: Use of production orders for detained cash investigations

        5. Section 76: Use of search warrants for detained cash investigations

        6. Section 77 and Schedule 10: Further provision about detained cash investigations

        7. Sections 78 to 81 and Schedule 11: Extension of powers of accredited financial investigators

        8. Section 82: Powers of management receivers and enforcement receivers

        9. Section 83: Civil recovery management receivers

        10. Section 84: Powers for prosecutors to appear in cash recovery proceedings

        11. Section 85: Disclosure of information by Revenue and Customs

        12. Section 86: Use of force in executing search warrants: Scotland

      3. Chapter 3: Other measures

        1. Section 87: Incidents involving serious violence: powers to stop and search

        2. Section 88: Extension of investigatory powers of Revenue and Customs

    4. Part 4: General and Final Provisions

      1. Section 89: Orders

      2. Section 90: Supplementary, incidental or consequential provision

        1. Clause 91 and Schedule 13: Transitional and transitory provisions and savings

      3. Section 92 and Schedule 14: Repeals and revocations

      4. Section 93: Extent

      5. Section 94: Commencement

      6. Section 95: Short title

  7. Commencement

  8. Hansard References

  9. Table of Abbreviations

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