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Central African Republic (Restrictive Measures) (Sark) Ordinance, 2014

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The Central African Republic (Restrictive Measures) (Sark) Ordinance, 2014
THE GENERAL PURPOSES AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, in exercise of the powers conferred on Chief Pleas by sections 1 and 4 of the European Communities (Implementation) (Bailiwick of Sark) Law, 1994[a] and on the Committee by section 41 of the Reform (Sark) Law, 2008[b], hereby orders:-
Application and infringement of EU Regulation
1.      (1)      Council Regulation (EU) No. 224/2014 of the 10th March, 2014[c], concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in the Central African Republic ("the EU Regulation") is applicable in Sark in all respects as if Sark, subject to the modifications in section 2, were a Member State.
(2)      A person who infringes, or causes or permits any infringement of, any of the prohibitions in the EU Regulation is guilty of an offence.
Modification of Regulation.
2.      Except where the context requires otherwise, the EU Regulation in its application to Sark is modified as follows -
(a)      Articles 19 and 20 shall not apply,
(b)      references to the competent authorities of the Member States shall be construed as including a reference to the Policy Council,
(c)      references to the obligation of a competent authority or Member State to inform or notify shall be construed as including a reference to the obligation of the Policy Council to inform or notify one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State,
(d)      references to the obligation of any natural or legal person, entity or body to transmit information to the Commission shall be construed as an obligation to transmit such information to the Policy Council,
(e)      subject to paragraph (f), references to a Member State or the Member State concerned shall be construed as including a reference to the Policy Council,
(f)      references to a Member State or the Member State concerned shall be construed as including a reference to Sark where such references concern jurisdiction or the enforcement of decisions or public policy,
(g)      references to the Union shall be construed as including a reference to Sark,
(h)      references to the territory of the Union and its airspace shall be construed as including Sark, its airspace and the territorial waters adjacent thereto,
(i)      references to the law of a Member State shall be construed as including the law of Sark, and
(j)      the inclusion of any natural or legal person, entity or body in the lists provided for by Article 2 of the EU Regulation shall be subject to any annulment of the EU Regulation in its application to that person, entity or body by the Court of Justice of the European Union and having effect in the European Union for the time being.
Appeals against decisions of Policy Council.
3.      (1)      A person aggrieved by a decision of the Policy Council made under the EU Regulation in its application to Sark, or by a decision of the Policy Council not to exercise any of its powers under the EU Regulation, may appeal to the Ordinary Court against that decision on the grounds that -
(a)      the decision was ultra vires or there was some other error of law,
(b)      the decision was unreasonable,
(c)      the decision was made in bad faith,
(d)      there was a lack of proportionality, or
(e)      there was a material error as to the facts or as to the procedure.
(2)      On an appeal under this section the Ordinary Court may -
(a)      set the decision of the Policy Council aside and, if the Court considers it appropriate to do so, remit the matter to the Policy Council with such directions as the Court thinks fit, or
(b)      confirm the decision, in whole or in part.
(3)      On an appeal under this section the Ordinary Court may, upon the application of the appellant, and on such terms as the Court thinks just, suspend or modify the operation of the decision in question, pending the determination of the appeal.
Information.
4.      The Schedule has effect in order to facilitate the obtaining, by or on behalf of the Policy Council, of information for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the EU Regulation.
Failure to provide information or to co-operate.
5.      A person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with any obligation to provide information to or co-operate with the Policy Council in the exercise of any power to request or demand the provision of information, or the co-operation of any person, under any article of the EU Regulation is guilty of an offence.
Furnishing of false information etc.
6.      A person who in purported compliance with any article of the EU Regulation intentionally furnishes any false information, document or explanation, or recklessly furnishes any information, document or explanation which is false, is guilty of an offence.
Penalties and proceedings.
7.      (1)      A person guilty of an offence under -
(a)      section 1(2), 5 or 6, or
(b)      paragraph 2(b) or (c) of the Schedule,
is liable -
(i)      on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, to a fine, or to both,
(ii)      on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the uniform scale, or to both.
(2)      A person guilty of an offence under paragraph 2(a) or 3(2) of the Schedule is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the uniform scale, or to both.
(3)      Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under this Ordinance, and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate, or any person purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence and may be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(4)      Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (3) applies in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.
Interpretation.
8.      (1)      In this Ordinance, except where the context requires otherwise -
"advocate" means an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey,
"Bailiff" includes the Bailiff, the Deputy Bailiff, a Lieutenant Bailiff, a Juge-Délégué and a Judge of the Royal Court,
"contravention" includes failure to comply, and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly,
"enactment" includes a Law, an Ordinance and any subordinate legislation,
"EU Regulation" has the meaning given by section 1,
"Judge of the Royal Court" means the office of that name established by section 1 of the Royal Court (Reform) (Guernsey) Law, 2008[d],
"Ordinary Court" means the Royal Court of Guernsey sitting as an Ordinary Court which, for the purposes of this Ordinance, may be validly constituted by the Bailiff sitting alone,
"Policy Council" means the States of Guernsey Policy Council,
"subordinate legislation" means any regulation, rule, order, notice, rule of court, resolution, scheme, warrant, byelaw or other instrument made under any enactment and having legislative effect, and
"uniform scale of fines" means the scale of fines from time to time in force under the Uniform Scale of Fines (Sark) Law, 1989[e],
and other terms used in this Ordinance and the EU Regulation shall have the same meaning as in the EU Regulation.
(2)      A reference in this Ordinance to an enactment or to the EU Regulation is a reference thereto as from time to time amended, repealed and re-enacted (with or without modification), extended or applied.
Citation.
9.      This Ordinance may be cited as the Central African Republic (Restrictive Measures) (Sark) Ordinance, 2014.
Commencement.
10.      This Ordinance shall come into force on the 28th March, 2014.
SCHEDULE
Section 4
INFORMATION
1.      (1)      The Policy Council (or any person authorised by it for that purpose either generally or in a particular case) may request any person in or resident in Sark to furnish or produce to it (or, as the case may be, to that authorised person) such information and documents in his possession or control as the Policy Council (or, as the case may be, that authorised person) may require for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the EU Regulation; and a person to whom such a request is made shall comply with it within such time and in such manner as may be specified in the request.
(2)      No obligation of secrecy or confidence or other restriction on the disclosure of information to which any person may be subject, whether arising by statute, contract or otherwise, is contravened by reason of the disclosure by that person or by any of his officers, servants or agents of any information or document in compliance with this Schedule.
(3)      Nothing in this Schedule compels the production by an advocate or other legal adviser of a communication subject to legal professional privilege; but an advocate or other legal adviser may be required to give the name and address of any client.
(4)      Where a person is convicted of an offence under this Schedule of failing to furnish any information or produce any document, the court may make an order requiring him, within such period as may be specified in the order, to furnish the information or produce the document.
(5)      The power conferred by this paragraph to request any person to produce documents shall include power to take copies of or extracts from any document so produced and to request that person or, where that person is a body corporate, any other person who is a present or past officer of, or is employed by, the body corporate, to provide an explanation of any such document.
2.      A person who -
(a)      without reasonable excuse, refuses or fails within the time and in the manner specified (or, if no time is specified, within a reasonable time) to comply with a request made under this Schedule,
(b)      intentionally furnishes any false information, document or explanation, or recklessly furnishes any information, document or explanation which is false, to any person exercising his powers under this Schedule, or
(c)      with intent to evade the provisions of this Schedule, destroys, mutilates, defaces, secretes or removes any document,
is guilty of an offence.
3.      (1)      No information furnished or document produced (including any copy or extract made of any document produced) by any person in pursuance of a request made under this Schedule shall be disclosed except -
(a)      with the consent of the person by whom the information was furnished or the document was produced: provided that a person who has obtained information or is in possession of a document only in his capacity as servant or agent of another person may not give consent for the purposes of this item but such consent may instead be given by any person who is entitled to that information or to possession of that document in his own right,
(b)      to any person who would have been empowered under this Schedule to request that it be furnished or produced or any person holding or acting in any office under or in the service of the Crown in respect of Sark,
(c)      on the authority of the Policy Council, to the European Commission, to any of the competent authorities listed in or under the EU Regulation or any annex thereto, or to one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, for the purpose of assisting the Commission, that competent authority or that Principal Secretary of State to ensure compliance with the EU Regulation, or
(d)      for the purposes of the investigation, prevention or detection of crime or with a view to the instigation of, or otherwise for the purposes of, any criminal proceedings.
(2)      A person who without reasonable excuse discloses any information or document in contravention of subparagraph (1) is guilty of an offence.

[a]

Ordres en Conseil Vol. XXXV(1), p. 65.

[b]

Orders in Council Nos. V, VII and XXVII of 2008 and No. XIV of 2010.

[c]

OJ L 70, 11.3.2014, p.1.

[d]

Order in Council No. XXII of 2008.

[e]

Ordres en Conseil Vol. XXXI, p. 320