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Rules.     22. - (1) After section 83ZH of each of the 1955 Acts there is inserted-
 
 
"Rules of summary appeal court.     83ZJ. - (1) The Secretary of State may make rules for the purpose of regulating the practice and procedure to be followed in the summary appeal court.
 
    (2) Rules under this section may, in particular, make provision-
 
 
    (a) as to the practice and procedure of the court in exercising functions preliminary to or incidental to the hearing of appeals under section 83ZE of this Act;
 
    (b) as to the bringing and abandonment of appeals;
 
    (c) as to the procedure for applying for leave under section 83ZE(2) or (3) of this Act;
 
    (d) as to the procedure for applying for leave, or making a reference, under section 115(5A) or (5B) of this Act;
 
    (e) as to consultation by the court administration officer with the Judge Advocate General before specifying where the court is to sit;
 
    (f) as to circumstances in which the jurisdiction of the court may be exercised by a judge advocate appointed under section 83ZB sitting alone;
 
    (g) enabling an uncontested appeal to be determined without a hearing;
 
    (h) as to the convening and constitution of the court to hear any appeal;
 
    (i) as to circumstances in which officers otherwise qualified under section 83ZC are ineligible to hear particular appeals;
 
    (j) enabling the appellant to object to members of the court;
 
    (k) as to the representation of the appellant on the hearing of appeals under section 83ZE and at any preliminary proceedings;
 
    (l) as to the admissibility of evidence;
 
    (m) as to the rehearing of an appeal where any member of the court originally constituted to hear it has been unable to continue hearing the appeal;
 
    (n) as to procuring the attendance of witnesses at the hearing of appeals and at any preliminary proceedings;
 
    (o) as to the administration of oaths;
 
    (p) as to the recording of the proceedings of the court and custody of records of the proceedings;
 
    (q) as to making copies of the records of proceedings available and as to the fees payable for such copies;
 
    (r) as to the procedure for applying to have a case stated under section 83ZH(2) of this Act.
      (3) Rules under this section may provide for any enactment which relates to the practice or procedure of courts-martial or to the admissibility of evidence in courts-martial to apply in relation to the court with such modifications as may be specified.
 
      (4) Rules under this section shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament."
 
      (2) After section 52FN of the 1957 Act there is inserted-
 
 
"Rules of summary appeal court.     52FP. - (1) The Secretary of State may make rules for the purpose of regulating the practice and procedure to be followed in the summary appeal court.
 
    (2) Rules under this section may, in particular, make provision-
 
 
    (a) as to the practice and procedure of the court in exercising functions preliminary to or incidental to the hearing of appeals under section 52FK of this Act;
 
    (b) as to the bringing and abandonment of appeals;
 
    (c) as to the procedure for applying for leave under section 52FK(2) or (3) of this Act;
 
    (d) as to the procedure for applying for leave, or making a reference, under section 71B(5A) or (5B) of this Act;
 
    (e) as to circumstances in which the jurisdiction of the court may be exercised by a judge advocate appointed under section 52FG sitting alone;
 
    (f) enabling an uncontested appeal to be determined without a hearing;
 
    (g) as to the convening and constitution of the court to hear any appeal;
 
    (h) as to circumstances in which officers otherwise qualified under section 52FH are ineligible to hear particular appeals;
 
    (i) enabling the appellant to object to members of the court;
 
    (j) as to the representation of the appellant on the hearing of appeals under section 52FK and at any preliminary proceedings;
 
    (k) as to the admissibility of evidence;
 
    (l) as to the rehearing of an appeal where any member of the court originally constituted to hear it has been unable to continue hearing the appeal;
 
    (m) as to procuring the attendance of witnesses at the hearing of appeals and at any preliminary proceedings;
 
    (n) as to the administration of oaths;
 
    (o) as to the recording of the proceedings of the court and custody of records of the proceedings;
 
    (p) as to making copies of the records of proceedings available and as to the fees payable for such copies;
 
    (q) as to the procedure for applying to have a case stated under section 52FN(2) of this Act.
      (3) Rules under this section may provide for any enactment which relates to the practice or procedure of courts-martial or to the admissibility of evidence in courts-martial to apply in relation to the court with such modifications as may be specified.
 
      (4) Rules under this section shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament."
 
Oaths required of members of court.     23. - (1) After section 83ZJ of each of the 1955 Acts there is inserted-
 
 
"Administration of oaths to members of summary appeal court.     83ZK. - (1) Every member of the summary appeal court shall, before first sitting as a member of the court, have administered to him by the prescribed person in the prescribed manner an oath in the prescribed form.
 
    (2) In subsection (1) above "prescribed" means prescribed by the Secretary of State by order made by statutory instrument.
 
      (3) An order made under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament."
 
      (2) After section 52FP of the 1957 Act there is inserted-
 
 
"Administration of oaths to members of summary appeal court.     52FQ. - (1) Every member of the summary appeal court shall, before first sitting as a member of the court, have administered to him by the prescribed person in the prescribed manner an oath in the prescribed form.
 
    (2) In subsection (1) above "prescribed" means prescribed by the Secretary of State by order made by statutory instrument.
 
      (3) An order made under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament."
 
Privilege of witnesses and others.     24. - (1) After section 83ZK of each of the 1955 Acts there is inserted-
 
 
"Privileges of witnesses and others.     83ZL. A witness before the summary appeal court or any other person whose duty it is to attend on or before the court shall be entitled to the same immunities and privileges as a witness before the High Court in England and Wales."
 
      (2) After section 52FQ of the 1957 Act there is inserted-
 
 
"Privileges of witnesses and others.     52FR. A witness before the summary appeal court or any other person whose duty it is to attend on or before the court shall be entitled to the same immunities and privileges as a witness before the High Court in England and Wales."
 
 
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