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A disclosure order is a request for financial information with which the recipient is obliged to comply.
Section 357 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) defines an order for disclosure as an order which authorises an ‘appropriate officer’ to give notice in writing, to any person they consider holds relevant information to the investigation requiring that person to:
answer questions, either at a time specified in the notice or at once, at a place so specified
provide information specified in the notice, by a time and in a manner so specified
produce documents, or documents of a description, specified in the notice, either at or by a time so specified or at once, and in a manner so specified
As was said by Lord Justice Carnwath in Serious Organised Crime Agency v Perry at paragraph  (on a point not reversed in the Supreme Court), a disclosure order confers authority on an appropriate officer by notice in writing to require persons to answer questions, provide information or produce documents as the case may be. The intention is that the order be used to pursue the investigation without the need for further recourse to the court.
It is, therefore, a permission or authority, granted by the court, to an appropriate officer using their judgment
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