178. When a confiscated vehicle has been placed in the possession of the Director General of the Sûreté du Québec, he shall dispose by onerous title of such vehicle or retain it for the use of a service of the Government, according to the instructions of the Minister of Public Security.
Whosoever, other than the offender, wishes to revendicate a thing seized after proceedings to have it declared confiscated have been commenced, may obtain delivery of it on presenting to the court before which such proceedings are taken a petition stating his name, residence and occupation and setting out under oath the nature of his right to the thing seized.
The court seized of such petition may order, on such conditions as it determines, the release of the thing under seizure.
The Government, if the good faith of the owner of a confiscated vehicle is established to its satisfaction, may order the release of the vehicle to such owner.
1971, c. 19, s. 182; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1986, c. 86, s. 41; 1988, c. 46, s. 24.