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CRIMINAL PROPERTY FORFEITURE ACT


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY MATTERS

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Objective  
   4.      Act binds Crown  
   5.      Definitions  
   6.      Forfeiture offence  
   7.      Effective control of property  
   8.      Declared drug trafficker  
   9.      Court may declare deceased person to be drug trafficker  

   PART 2--APPLICATION

   10.     Application  
   11.     Crime-used property  
   12.     Crime-derived property  

   PART 3--INVESTIGATION AND SEARCH

           Division 1--Preliminary inquiries

   13.     Information volunteered by financial institutions  
   14.     Preliminary inquiries from financial institutions  
   15.     Protection for financial institutions  
   16.     Giving false or misleading information  

           Division 2--Examinations

   17.     Applications for orders for examination  
   18.     Orders for examination  
   19.     Service of orders for examination  
   20.     Conduct of examinations  
   21.     Complying with examination orders  

           Division 3--Production of documents

   22.     Application for production orders  
   23.     Production orders  
   24.     Inspection of property-tracking documents  
   25.     Complying with production orders  
   26.     Variation of production orders  
   27.     Property-tracking documents  

           Division 4--Monitoring financial transactions

   28.     Applications for monitoring and suspension orders  
   29.     Monitoring and suspension orders  
   30.     Compliance with monitoring or suspension order  

           Division 5--Secrecy requirements

   31.     Disclosure not permitted  
   32.     Disclosing information  

           Division 6--Detention, search and seizure

   33.     Power to detain persons  
   34.     Search warrants  
   35.     Searching detained persons  
   36.     Additional powers  
   37.     Later-produced documents  
   38.     Warrants under other Acts  

   PART 4--ENSURING PROPERTY REMAINS AVAILABLE FOR FORFEITURE

           Division 1--Seizure of property and interim restraining order

   39.     Seizure of crime-used or crime-derived property  
   40.     Interim restraining order  

           Division 2--Restraining orders in relation to property

   41.     Applications for restraining orders  
   42.     Proceedings for restraining orders  
   43.     Restraining order in relation to specified property  
   44.     Restraining orders in relation to property of named persons  
   45.     Restraining order to specify grounds  
   46.     Scope of restraining order  
   47.     Service of restraining order  
   48.     Statutory declaration required from person served with restraining order  
   49.     Effect of restraining order  
   50.     Setting aside of restraining order  
   51.     Duration of restraining order  
   52.     Restraining order ceases to have effect  
   53.     Real property  
   54.     Property may be restrained under more than one order  

           Division 3--Dealing with seized or restrained property

   55.     Prohibited dealings  
   56.     Dealing with property  
   57.     Permitted dealings in mortgaged property  
   58.     Effect of dealing in property subject to restraining order  

   PART 5--OBJECTIONS TO RESTRAINT OF PROPERTY

   59.     Objections to restraining of property  
   60.     Time for filing objection  
   61.     Parties to objection proceedings  
   62.     Setting aside restraining order  
   63.     Setting aside restraining order – crime-used property  
   64.     Setting aside restraining order – crime-derived property  
   65.     Setting aside restraining order – other property  
   66.     Innocent party  

   PART 6--PROCEEDINGS FOR DECLARATIONS

           Division 1--Unexplained wealth declaration

   67.     Application for unexplained wealth declaration  
   68.     Unexplained wealth  
   69.     Assessing the value of unexplained wealth  
   70.     The constituents of a person's wealth  
   71.     Unexplained wealth declaration  
   72.     Unexplained wealth payable to Territory  

           Division 2--Criminal benefit declaration

   73.     Application for criminal benefit declaration  
   74.     Acquiring criminal benefit  
   75.     Criminal benefit declaration – crime-derived property  
   76.     Criminal benefit declaration – unlawfully acquired property  
   77.     Lawful acquisition of property  
   78.     Criminal benefit declaration  
   79.     Assessing the value of criminal benefit  
   80.     Criminal benefits payable to Territory  

           Division 3--Crime-used property substitution declaration

   81.     Application for crime-used property substitution declaration  
   82.     Crime-used property not available  
   83.     Burden of proof  
   84.     Criminal use of property  
   85.     Assessing the value of crime-used property  
   86.     Substituted property payable to Territory  

   PART 7--SATISFACTION OF LIABILITY TO TERRITORY

           Division 1--General

   87.     Recovery of amount payable to Territory  
   88.     Use of restrained property to meet liability  
   89.     Proceeds from sale of restrained property  
   90.     Nexus between restraint and forfeiture not necessary  

           Division 2--Use of effectively controlled property or gift to meet liability

   91.     Forfeitable property declaration  
   92.     Property not owned by respondent available for forfeiture  
   93.     Limitation on forfeiture of effectively controlled property  

           Division 3--Forfeiture of property

              Subdivision A--Property of declared drug trafficker

   94.     Forfeiture of declared drug trafficker's property  

              Subdivision B--Crime-used property and crime-derived property

   95.     Application for forfeiture order  
   96.     Crime-used property  
   97.     Crime-derived property  

              Subdivision C--Criminal benefits, unexplained wealth and substituted property

   98.     DPP may apply for forfeiture order  
   99.     Criminal benefit  
   100.    Unexplained wealth  
   101.    Substituted property  

              Subdivision D--General

   102.    Notice of forfeiture of land or other registrable property  
   103.    Value of property sold by Territory  
   104.    Variation of declarations and orders  

   PART 8--MANAGEMENT OF SEIZED, RESTRAINED AND FORFEITED PROPERTY

           Division 1--Control and management of property

   105.    Management of seized property  
   106.    Management of restrained or forfeited property  
   107.    Financial institution to transfer restrained funds to Public Trustee  
   108.    Public Trustee's capacity to carry out transactions  
   109.    Applications by owner for control and management  
   110.    Duties of responsible person  

           Division 2--Disposal of deteriorating or undesirable property

   111.    Destruction of property on grounds of public interest  
   112.    Sale of deteriorating property  
   113.    Valuation and inventory of restrained property  

           Division 3--Management of property by Public Trustee

   114.    Public Trustee's power to appoint manager  
   115.    Public Trustee's liability for charges on restrained property  
   116.    Managing interstate property  
   117.    Fees payable to Public Trustee  
   118.    Obstructing Public Trustee  

   PART 9--RELEASE OF FORFEITED PROPERTY

   119.    Application for release of forfeited property  
   120.    Parties to proceedings  
   121.    Order to release forfeited property  

   PART 10--MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF RESTRAINING ORDERS AND FORFEITURE ORDERS

           Division 1--Registration of Territory orders in other jurisdictions

   122.    Interstate registration of restraining orders  

           Division 2--Recognition of interstate restraining orders

   123.    Registration of interstate restraining order  
   124.    Effect of registration of interstate restraining order  
   125.    Duration of registration of interstate restraining order  
   126.    Cancellation of registration of interstate restraining order  

           Division 3--Recognition of interstate forfeiture orders

   127.    Registration of interstate forfeiture order  
   128.    Effect of registration of interstate forfeiture orders  
   129.    Duration of registration of interstate forfeiture order  
   130.    Cancellation of registration of interstate forfeiture order  

   PART 11--INTERESTS IN REGISTRABLE PROPERTY

   131.    Registration of interest in land  
   132.    Registration of interests in other property  
   133.    Imputation of knowledge that property is restrained  
   134.    Instruments lodged with Registrar-General  

   PART 12--COURT JURISDICTION AND EVIDENTIARY MATTERS

   135.    Courts' jurisdiction  
   136.    Proceedings  
   137.    Appearance by Attorney-General  
   138.    Stay or adjournment of proceedings  
   139.    Opinion evidence  
   140.    Evidence that property is crime-used or crime-derived  
   141.    Evidence of offence proceedings  
   142.    Transcripts of examinations  
   143.    Hearsay evidence  
   144.    Evidence of compliance with production orders  
   145.    Certificates under Misuse of Drugs Act  
   146.    Consent orders  
   147.    Enforcing compliance with Act or court order  

   PART 13--MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

   148.    Public Trustee common fund  
   149.    Exemption from stamp duty  
   150.    Property protected from seizure and forfeiture  
   151.    Transfer of property for value  
   152.    Person must deliver up forfeited property  
   153.    Co-owned property  
   154.    Restrained property not available to meet legal costs  
   155.    Liability for carrying out functions under this Act  
   156.    Later applications, orders or findings  
   157.    Orders relating to sham transactions  
   158.    Proceedings against body corporate  
   159.    Substituted service  
   160.    Charged with offence  
   161.    Conviction of forfeiture offence  
   162.    Absconding in connection with offence  
   163.    Effect of person's death  
   164.    Obstructing member of Police Force  
   165.    Client legal privilege  
   166.    Regulations  

   PART 14--TRANSITIONAL MATTERS FOR CRIMINAL PROPERTY FORFEITURE AMENDMENT ACT 2014

   167.    Application of Criminal Property Forfeiture Amendment Act 2014  
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