Provisions On White Collar Crime In Force

Author:Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Profession:Matheson Ormsby Prentice

The Criminal Justice Act 2011 was signed into law on 2 August 2011. The Minister for Justice and Equality has made an Order commencing various provisions of the Act with effect from 9 August 2011. Criminal Justice Act 2011 (Commencement) Order 2011 (SI 411/2011).

The main purpose of the legislation is to provide for more effective investigation of white collar crime. It sets out new procedures to facilitate Garda access to information and documentation including that which is held electronically. The Act provides that it is a criminal offence to fail to furnish to the Gardaí information which could prevent the commission of white collar crime or to assist the Gardaí in an investigation into white collar crime. The Act includes provisions to protect whistleblowers.

White collar crime includes offences in the areas of banking and finance, company law, money laundering, fraud, corruption, competition, consumer...

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