Civil Forfeiture: The Monster that ate Jurisprudence?

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Last week saw argument in the Supreme Court in SOCA v Gale (UKSC 2010/191).

Speeches have yet to be delivered but the case raised interesting questions as to whether civil forfeiture laws are really criminal and so their compatibility with the ECHR.

Kennedy Talbot explores the issue, the history of forfeiture and takes a look at similar regimes from other jurisdictions around the world.

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