Citation and commencement

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These Regulations may be cited as the Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 and shall come into force on 22nd April 2003.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see above.

Amendments to the Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) Regulations 1994

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Amendments to the Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) Regulations 19942

The Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) Regulations 1994 shall be amended in accordance with the following Regulations.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

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In regulation 2—

(a)    in the definition of “proceedings”, after paragraph (k), insert—

“(ka)    any appeal to the Special Commissioners under section 320(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002”;

(b)    after the definition of “proceedings in Scotland”, insert—

““respondent” means—

(a)    in relation to an appeal under section 320(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Director of the Assets Recovery Agency;

(b)    in relation to an appeal under regulation 16 of the Community Investment Tax Relief (Accreditation of Community Development Finance Institutions) Regulations 2003, the Secretary of State;

(c)    otherwise, the Revenue;”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

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In regulation 8(1), for “Revenue” substitute “respondent”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

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(1)    In regulation 10(1)—

(a)    omit “, other than the Revenue,”;

(b)    in sub-paragraph (b), for “an officer of the Board” substitute “any other party (“inspecting party”)”.

(2)    In regulation 10(2), for “officer of the Board”, in both places where it occurs, substitute “inspecting party”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

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After regulation 12 (expert evidence), insert—

“Appeals under Proceeds of Crime Act 200212A

(1)    This regulation applies to an appeal under section 320(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

(2)    Paragraphs (3) to (8) apply where the Presiding Special Commissioner nominates an assessor under section 320(2) of that Act in relation to any proceedings.

(3)    The assessor shall take such part in the proceedings as the Tribunal may direct and in particular the Tribunal may—

(a)    direct the assessor to prepare a report for the Tribunal on any matter at issue in the proceedings; and

(b)    direct the assessor to attend the whole or any part of the hearing or any preliminary hearing.

(4)    Not more than 14 days after the nomination of an assessor, the Clerk shall notify each party in writing of the assessor's name.

(5)    The Tribunal shall send to the parties a copy of any report prepared by the assessor within 21 days of receiving it.

(6)    The parties shall have the opportunity to make observations on the assessor's report within such time and in such manner as the Tribunal shall direct.

(7)    The Tribunal shall take any observations made under paragraph (6) into account when making its decision.

(8)    The assessor shall not give oral evidence or be open to cross-examination or questioning.”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

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In regulation 14(a) and (b) (representation at hearing), for “Revenue” substitute “respondent”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

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In regulation 15(5) (hearings in public), after sub-paragraph (a), insert—

“(aa)    an assessor nominated under section 320(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 22 April 2003: see reg 1.

Signature

Signed by authority of the Lord Chancellor

Rosie Winterton

Parliamentary Secretary

Lord Chancellor's Department

14th March 2003

The Scottish Ministers consent to the making of these Regulations

James Wallace

A Member of the Scottish Executive

18th March 2003

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994/1811) to provide for appeals to the Special Commissioners under section 320 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. These appeals relate to the exercise of Revenue functions, under the 2002 Act, by the Director of the Assets Recovery Agency.

These Regulations provide for the manner in which an assessor nominated under section 320(2) of the 2002 Act is to assist the Special Commissioners.

They make minor amendments effectively to provide that, for the purposes of joinder of additional parties and representation, the respondent in an appeal under section 320 of the 2002 Act will be the Director of the Assets Recovery Agency, and in relation to an appeal against refusal or withdrawal of accreditation as a community development finance institution, the respondent will be the Secretary of State.

They also amend regulation 10 of the 1994 Regulations so that the powers of the Special Commissioners to obtain information conferred by that regulation may be exercised against the Inland Revenue.