ABSENCE OF INTENTION TO POSTPONE

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 s.14(1)(a) plainly contemplated that confiscation proceedings under s.6 of the Act may commence before sentences for offences were imposed, and there was no requirement to complete the proceedings under s.6 within a particular period or before sentence. An order made by a trial judge following convictions for certain offences was not an order to postpone proceedings under s.14(1)(b) but an order under s.14(1)(a) to proceed under s.6 before sentencing.

[2009] EWCA Crim 193