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 “Central Authority”

 The person or authority designated by the Act as the Central Authority for Trinidad and Tobago.

 “central authority”

 In relation to any Commonwealth country means the person or authority designated by that country for the purpose of transmitting and receiving requests for assistance under the Scheme.

 “Central Authority for Trinidad and Tobago”

 The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago shall be the Central Authority for the purposes of the Act. The Attorney General may delegate to a public officer any of his functions under this Act.

 “Commonwealth country”

 A sovereign and independent country within the Commonwealth, other than Trinidad and Tobago, together with any dependent territory which that country designates.

“criminal proceedings”

For the purposes of Requests by Commonwealth Countries to Trinidad and Tobago for assistance, proceedings include restraint, confiscation and forfeiture proceedings certified by the central Authority for any Commonwealth country making a request for assistance under this Act to be criminal proceedings which have been instituted or in which investigations have commenced in that country.





 “ duly authenticated”

 A document is duly authenticated if it purports to be - signed by a judge or magistrate of a Commonwealth country making a request; authenticated by the oath of witness, or of a public officer of a Commonwealth country making a request; or sealed with an official or public seal of a Minister or of a department or public office of the Government, of such a country.

 “non-Commonwealth country”

 A country other than one included in the definition of Commonwealth country under the Act.


 any movable or immovable property, and includes- any right, interest, title, claim, chose in action, power, privilege, whether present or future and whether vested or contingent, in relation to any property, or which is otherwise of value; any conveyance executed for conveying, assigning, appointing, surrendering or otherwise transferring or disposing of immovable property whereof the person executing the conveyance is proprietor or possessed or wherein he is entitled to a contingent right, either for his whole interest or for any lesser interest; any monetary instrument; any other instrument or securities; any business; and (f) any other tangible or intangible property.




 The Scheme for Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters within the Commonwealth as agreed by Law Ministers at their 1986 Meeting in Harare and endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government at their 1987 Meeting in Vancouver and any amendment thereof.

 “serious offence”

 (a) in relation to Trinidad and Tobago, an offence against the laws of Trinidad and Tobago for which a sentence of death, or imprisonment for a minimum term of not less than one year, may be, or is required to be, imposed; or (b) in relation to a Commonwealth country, an offence against the laws of the country- for which a sentence such as is specified in paragraph (a) may be, or is required to be, imposed; or (ii) the value of the property derived or obtained from the commission of which is certified by the central authority for the country to be not less than such amount as is prescribed by or under the law of that country;

 “Subject to Negative Resolution of Parliament”

 When used in relation to statutory documents or instruments, this phrase means that as soon as may be after they are made, those instruments or documents shall be laid before the House of Representatives. Where the House of Representatives, within the prescribed period, resolves that any of those instruments or documents shall be annulled, that instrument is void as from the date of the resolution.