Friday, 6 July 2012

Ireland: the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012 - general scheme published

The Department of Justice and Equality has published a draft general scheme of the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012: see here (pdf). The purpose of the scheme is to clarify and strengthen the principal corruption offences. Head 13 outlines the circumstances in which a company will be guilty of an offence in respect of the corrupt acts of its directors, officers and employees, where there was the intention to obtain or retain business or an advantage for the company. A defence is provided where the company can prove that it took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of the offence.

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