Western Australia

Former Chief Justice to undertake review of WA’s asset seizure laws

Attorney General John Quigley has announced that a review of the State’s asset confiscation laws is underway.

Western Australia’s former Chief Justice, the Hon Wayne Martin AC QC, has been appointed to conduct a review of the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 (the Act).

The Act, which came into effect in 2001, enables the State to, amongst other things, seize and confiscate property or assets acquired as a result of criminal activity, or used for criminal activity, including drug trafficking.

Since that time, there have been a number of reviews and recommendations from several parties, including the Law Society of WA and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, to amend the Act.

A review of the Act will address the various recommendations made since its enactment, including improving protections for innocent third parties, which has been advocated strongly by Liberal Democrat Aaron Stonehouse MLC.

The review is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Source: WA Government