1980 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers

Barbados, 28 April – 2 May 1980: Memoranda

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Confiscating the Proceeds of Crime


In the paper which is attached, Mr. William Clifford, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, discusses the need to prevent an offender (especially the corporate or organised criminal) and his family, from enjoying the fruits of his crime. He suggests that it is one thing for crime to pay, but quite another for it to pay after it has been detected, and the offender prosecuted and sentenced. When this happened as it undoubtedly did in many Commonwealth jurisdictions, then the legal system fell into disrepute and the incentive to commit crime was increased even if a considerable risk of detention existed.


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