Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Question 514: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the current legislation governing cash for gold shops; if he deems the current legislation sufficient to safeguard local communities; his plans to reform this area of law during his tenure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9513/12]
The informal purchase of jewellery is not specifically regulated in criminal legislation; however the circumstances under which jewellery is being bought and/or sold may indicate the commission of certain offences, for example handling stolen property and / or possession of stolen property under sections 17 and 18 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001. My Department is finalising a report on criminal justice aspects of the "Cash for Gold" trade and this report will be submitted to me shortly for consideration. Following consideration of the report I will make an assessment as to what, if any, action, legislative or otherwise, may be required. I will, in due course, make known the report's findings and any proposals which may arise.