Customs Act 1901

PART XII - OFFICERS  

Division 1 - Powers of officers  

Subdivision G - Dealing with goods seized as forfeited goods  

SECTION 205EC   PROCEEDINGS FOR RECOVERY OF SUSPECTED PROHIBITED PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES  

205EC(1)  
Proceedings of a kind referred to in paragraph 205EA(2)(b) may be instituted or continued even if the goods to which the proceedings relate are disposed of or destroyed.

205EC(2)  
In proceedings of a kind referred to in paragraph 205EA(2)(b) :


(a) the Commonwealth bears the onus of proving that the goods to which the proceedings relate were imported; and


(b) the person instituting the proceedings bears the onus of proving that the goods:


(i) are not a psychoactive substance; or

(ii) are a substance to which, because of subsection 320.2(2) of the Criminal Code , section 320.2 of the Criminal Code does not apply.

205EC(3)  
If:


(a) the goods to which proceedings of a kind referred to in paragraph 205EA(2)(b) relates have been disposed of or destroyed before the end of the proceedings; and


(b) the court hearing the proceedings decides that, apart from the disposal or destruction, it would have ordered that the goods be returned to a person;

the court must order the Commonwealth to pay the person an amount equal to the market value of the goods at the time they were disposed of or destroyed.




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