DPP v Duncan & DPP v Nguyen (Trial Division): date of conviction under the Confiscation Act 1997


DPP v Nguyen DPP v Duncan On 7 August 2008, Justice Smith handed down his decision in DPP v Nguyen & DPP v Duncan [2008] VSC 292. The judgment concerns the DPP’s applications for judicial review of decisions made by Judge McInerney refusing to strike out certain exclusion applications made under s.20 of the Confiscation Act. Facts In each case in the Court below Judge … Continue reading DPP v Duncan & DPP v Nguyen (Trial Division): date of conviction under the Confiscation Act 1997

DPP v Waters: costs under the Confiscation Act 1997 (25 June 2008)


DPP v Waters – Costs under the Confiscation Act In DPP v Waters, Judge McInerney of the County Court on 17 June 2008 refused the DPP’s application for costs and made important policy observations concerning the award of costs in confiscation litigation. Facts Mr Waters made an application for exclusion under s.51 of the Confiscation Act. The property sought to be excluded had been restrained … Continue reading DPP v Waters: costs under the Confiscation Act 1997 (25 June 2008)

DPP v Nikolau: discretionary forfeiture of cannabis house refused (14 April 2008)


DPP v Nikolaou  Justice Kaye today handed down his decision in DPP v Nikolaou [2008] VSC 111, again refusing the DPP’s application for forfeiture of real estate under s.32 of the Confiscation Act. The DPP sought forfeiture of a house that was used to hydroponically cultivate cannabis. The hydroponic system was sophisticated, with high power lights and an electricity bypass. The respondent (and defendant) was the sole … Continue reading DPP v Nikolau: discretionary forfeiture of cannabis house refused (14 April 2008)