Commissioners of Customs and Excise v Venn and Others: QBD 11 Dec 2001

The concept of forfeiture in the Act was dependent upon the seizure of goods. The Act also made a distinction between the initial detention of goods and formal seizure. The six months time limit under the Magistrates Courts Act was calculated from seizure not detention. The seizure was challenged by a notice of claim. Until the notice of claim was given, there was no person against whom a complaint could have been made, and time did not begin to run.


Harrison J


Times 24-Jan-2002, Gazette 14-Feb-2002, [2001] EWHC Admin 1055


Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 49 139, Magistrates Courts Act 1980 127


England and Wales

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CitedGora and others v Commissioners of Customs and Excise and others CA 11-Apr-2003
The appellants challenged decisions of the VAT and Duties Tribunal after seizure of their goods, and in particular whether the cases had been criminal or civil cases and following Roth, whether the respondent’s policy had been lawful and . .
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Customs and Excise

Updated: 26 May 2022; Ref: scu.167435