The Island introduced its first anti-money laundering legislation in 1987, the Drug Trafficking Offences Act. In due course this was followed by other legislation such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1990, the Criminal Justice Act 1990 and the Criminal Justice Act 1991.
The introduction of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering Offences) Act 1998 extended the definition of money laundering to cover all serious crimes, leading to its informal title of "the all crimes legislation". In addition, it led to the creation of the Anti-Money Laundering Code 1998, which came into force on 1st December 1998. The Anti Money Laundering Code 1998 was replaced by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering) Code 2007 in September 2007, subsequently replaced by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering) Code 2008 which came into effect on the 18 December 2008. On 1 September 2010 this was superseded by the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Code 2010. This was supplemented by the Prevention of Terrorist Financing Code 2011 which came into effect on 1 September 2011. On 1 May 2013 the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Code came into effect which broadly mirrored the requirements of the previous Codes but combined the AML and CFT provisions into one piece of legislation. It should be noted that the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Code 2013 was amended by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Code 2013 on 1 July 2013.
On 1 April 2015 the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Code 2015 came into effect. This included, changes to take into account the revised FATF recommendations adopted in 2012 and changes in relation to simplified CDD concessions.
On 14 September 2018 this Code was amended by the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Code 2018. In 2015 Schedule 4 to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2008 was extended to cover tax advisors, payroll service providers, controlled machines, specified non-profit organisations and virtual currency businesses.
Following this, on 1 June 2019 the revised Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Code 2019 came into effect. This revision included:
- changes made to address recommended actions from MONEYVAL’s 2016 evaluation of the island;
- the removal of provisions regarding gambling and specified non-profit organisations (which were moved into their own codes); and
- general amendments to improve the layout, flow and language of the Code.
It should be noted there were some further amendments made to this legislation in November 2019 which addressed some typographical errors and made some updates to paragraph 37 concerning Branches, subsidiaries and agents.
In addition Schedule 4 to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2008 was amended to improve its layout and flow.
Also following a public consultation in early 2019 the Civil Penalty Regulations have now been brought into force. This extends the range of sanctions in relation to contraventions of compliance with the AML/CFT Code 2019. Previously, the only option was for criminal sanctions to be imposed when contraventions of the AML/CFT Code were identified.
Guidance in relation to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Code 2019 and the Civil Penalties Regulations can be found here.