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Tim Green’s cash forfeiture application in Crown Dependency

In December 2015, Tim Green was successful in his application to have a high value cash forfeiture heard in the Isle of Man before a related criminal investigation being undertaken in the UK and other jurisdictions had concluded. At the heart of the case was an argument over whether related civil proceedings (the cash forfeiture) could fairly be heard whilst a related criminal was continuing.

In the absence of clear authority on the question, the Court of Summary Jurisdiction in the Isle of Man reviewed analogous English and Manx authorities. The Court then found in a full and published judgement that civil court had a discretion to proceed where there were concurrent civil and criminal proceedings. The Judgement concluded that on the facts of this particular case, the cash forfeiture could proceed.

News 29 Feb, 2016

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