The Minister for Justice and Equality announced the publication of the Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill.
This legislation will give effect to a number of international treaties (to will enhance co-operation with other EU Member States in fighting crime). The legislation will provide for:
- Co-operation in recovering fines and other financial penalties on a cross-border basis. This means that fines imposed in Irish courts for offences committed by citizens of other EU Member States can be collected in those Member States. Similarly, Irish persons who commit offences abroad can pay any financial penalty in this state.
- Co-operation with other EU Member States in confiscating property which is the proceeds of crime.
- Co-operation between EU Member States in dealing with crisis situations that present a serious and direct physical threat, such as terrorist incidents etc.