Codes Of Practice Issued under the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002

28 August 2015

The Department of Justice is seeking your views on three draft codes of practice for Northern Ireland under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).

POCA, which extends across the United Kingdom, contains a comprehensive package of measures designed to enable the recovery of unlawfully held assets in an effective, human rights compliant way.  The codes of practice provide guidance to constables and accredited financial investigators on the exercise of POCA powers in Northern Ireland.

 The draft codes of practice for consultation are:

  • Search, Seizure and Detention of Property (Northern Ireland)
  • Recovery of Cash: Search Powers (Northern Ireland)
  • Investigations (Northern Ireland)

The consultation will run from 11 August 2015 and closes on 2 November 2015.

We would welcome views on the guidance contained in the draft codes of practice, not the actual POCA powers.  We would welcome comments on any passages that are confusing, ambiguous or lacking in clarity, or if you believe there are gaps.

Responses should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to the following address:

POCA Codes of Practice
Organised Crime Branch 
Department of Justice
Room B4.20
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

Telephone: 028 90522957

Textphone: 028 90527668