High Court of Australia

Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police v Zhao [2015] HCA 5

12 Feb 2015

Case Number: M92/2014


French CJ, Hayne, Kiefel, Bell, Keane JJ


Jurisdiction – practice and procedure – Adjournment, stay of proceedings or order restraining proceedings – Matters connected with conduct of defence – Where respondent charged with offence – Where appellant applied for forfeiture order under s 49 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) ("the Act") against property that is proceeds of crime – Whether forfeiture proceedings should be stayed until criminal proceedings are finalised – Whether refusal to stay forfeiture proceedings creates risk of prejudice in criminal proceedings – Whether respondent must state specific matters of prejudice before stay will be granted.

Statutes – Interpretation – Forfeiture of proceeds of crime – Stay of forfeiture proceedings – Where appellant applied for forfeiture order under s 49 of the Act – Where issues in forfeiture proceedings and criminal proceedings are substantially identical – Whether forfeiture proceedings should ordinarily continue.

Words and phrases – "prejudice".

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) – ss 39A, 49, 80, 266A, 319.

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