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Article 373 of the French Code of Criminal Procedure

The court may order, of its own motion or at the request of a party or any interested person, the restitution of objects placed in the hands of justice. However, if there has been a conviction, such restitution shall only be made if the beneficiary proves that the convicted person has allowed the time limits to pass without appealing to the Supreme Court, or if he has appealed, that the case has been finally decided.

The court may refuse restitution where it presents a danger to persons or property or where the property seized is the instrument or direct or indirect product of the offence.

In the event of an application for restitution from a person other than the parties, only the reports relating to the seizure of the property may be communicated to them.

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Article 373

La cour peut ordonner, d’office ou sur demande d’une partie ou de toute personne intéressée, la restitution des objets placés sous la main de la justice. Toutefois, s’il y a eu condamnation, cette restitution n’est effectuée que si son bénéficiaire justifie que le condamné a laissé passer les délais sans se pourvoir en cassation, ou s’il s’est pourvu, que l’affaire est définitivement jugée.

La cour peut refuser la restitution lorsque celle-ci présente un danger pour les personnes ou les biens ou lorsque le bien saisi est l’instrument ou le produit direct ou indirect de l’infraction.

En cas de demande de restitution émanant d’une personne autre que les parties, seuls les procès-verbaux relatifs à la saisie des biens peuvent lui être communiqués.

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