Time limit in applications under the Forfeiture Act 1982 (Challen v Challen)
8th June 2020
Barrister: Leslie Blohm QC
Summary: This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 02/06/2020. The case concerned an application for relief from forfeiture made by an applicant who had been convicted of murdering her husband, where the conviction was subsequently quashed and a conviction for manslaughter substituted. The court held that the statutory time limit of three months in which to bring an application ran from the date of the manslaughter conviction, not the earlier murder conviction—and that time ran from the date of the final sentencing, not the date of plea. The court also reviewed the application principles and authorities in considering whether to grant such an application. Written by Leslie Blohm QC, barrister, at St John’s Chambers.