By -

Key decisions

  • Attorney-General (NT) v Emmerson [2014] HCA 13


Judicial power – Orders by court for confiscation of property of drug traffickers

Legislative power – Acquisition of property on just terms – Orders for confiscation of property of drug traffickers

In Attorney-General (NT) v Emmerson [2014] HCA 13 (10 April 2014) the Misuse of Drugs ActCriminal Property Forfeiture Act (NT) combined to authorise the Supreme Court NT to declare a person was a “drug trafficker” and for the DPP (NT) to apply to the court for an order that the person’s property be forfeited to the NT. Between 2007 and 2011 E was convicted of drug-related offences. E was charged with further drug-related offences in 2011 and interim orders were made freezing property he owned. Following his conviction in September 2011, E was declared a drug trafficker by the Supreme Court in August 2012. These orders were set aside by the Court of Appeal (NT) on the ground the statutory scheme was incompatible with the independence required by the court as a repository of federal jurisdiction.

You've reached the end of this article preview

There's more to read! Subscribe to LSJ today to access the rest of our updates, articles and multimedia content.

Subscribe to LSJ

Already an LSJ subscriber or Law Society member? Sign in to read the rest of the article.

Sign in to read more