- Attorney-General (NT) v Emmerson  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  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.