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Race Relations Act 1976 (c. 74)

  93      (1)      Amend Schedule 1A (bodies subject to general statutory duty) as follows.

          (2)      In Part 1, omit paragraph 45.

          (3)      In Part 2, under the heading “Regulatory, audit and inspection”—

              (a)             insert in the appropriate place “Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Court

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Administration”, and

              (b)             omit “Her Majesty’s Magistrates’ Courts Service Inspectorate”.

Criminal Law Act 1977 (c. 45)

  94      (1)      Amend section 10 (obstruction of court officers executing process for

possession against unauthorised occupiers) as follows.

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          (2)      Before subsection (1) insert—

              “(A1)                A person is guilty of an offence if he resists or intentionally obstructs

any person who—

                    (a)                   is an enforcement officer, or is acting under the authority of

an enforcement officer; and

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                    (b)                   is engaged in executing a writ issued from the High Court.”

          (3)      In subsection (3), for “an officer of a court” substitute “an enforcement

officer, a person acting under the authority of an enforcement officer or an

officer of a court (as the case may be)”.

          (4)      In subsection (5), after “uniform” insert “, an enforcement officer”.

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          (5)      For subsection (6), substitute—

              “(6)                In this section—

                                      “enforcement officer” means an individual who is authorised to

act as an enforcement officer under the Courts Act 2003;

                                      “officer of a court” means—

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                           (a)                          any sheriff, under sheriff, deputy sheriff, bailiff or

officer of a sheriff; and

                           (b)                          any bailiff or other person who is an officer of a

county court within the meaning of the County

Courts Act 1959.”

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          (6)      In the section heading, for “court officers executing process for possession

against unauthorised occupiers” substitute “enforcement officers and court

officers executing High Court or county court process”.

Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates’ Courts Act 1978 (c. 22)

  95      (1)      Amend section 20ZA (variation of orders for periodical payments) as

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follows.

          (2)      In subsection (2), for “clerk to the justices for the petty sessions area for

which the court is acting” substitute “court”.

          (3)      In subsection (3)—

              (a)             for “the clerk” substitute “a justices’ clerk”, and

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              (b)             for “to the justices’ chief executive for the court” substitute “to the

designated officer for the court”.

 

 

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  96       In section 27 (refusal of order in case more suitable for High Court), for “for

the same petty sessions” substitute “in the same local justice”.

  97       In section 32(2) (enforcement of orders for payment of money), for “a

justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer for a magistrates’

court”.

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  98      (1)      Amend section 35 (orders for repayment of sums paid after cessation of

order by reason of marriage) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (7)—

              (a)             for “A justices’ chief executive” substitute “The designated officer for

a magistrates’ court”, and

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              (b)             for “the justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer”.

          (3)      In subsection (8), for “, the officer designated by the Lord Chancellor or the

justices’ chief executive” substitute “or the officer designated by the Lord

Chancellor”.

  99       In section 88(4) (interpretation: magistrates’ court), for “for the same petty

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sessions” substitute “in the same local justice”.

Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 (c. 43)

  100      Omit section 3 (offences committed on boundaries etc.).

  101      In section 6(5) (display of details of committal proceedings), for “justices’

chief executive for” substitute “designated officer for”.

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  102      In section 12 (non-appearance of accused), in—

              (a)             subsection (1)(b),

              (b)             subsection (4) (in both places), and

              (c)             subsection (6) (in both places),

           for “justices’ chief executive for” substitute “designated officer for”.

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  103     (1)      Amend section 12A (application of section 12 where accused appears) as

follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for “clerk of” substitute “designated officer for”.

          (3)      In subsection (2)—

              (a)             for “clerk of” substitute “designated officer for”, and

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              (b)             for “clerk” substitute “designated officer”.

  104     (1)      Amend section 14 (proceedings invalid where accused did not know of

them) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for “justices’ chief executive for the court” substitute

“designated officer for the court”.

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          (3)      In subsection (2), for “justices’ chief executive” substitute “designated

officer”.

  105     (1)      Amend section 59 (orders for periodical payment: means of payment) as

follows.

          (2)      In subsection (3)(b), for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the

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designated officer for the court or for any other magistrates’ court”.

          (3)      In subsection (8), for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated

officer for a magistrates’ court”.

 

 

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  106     (1)      Amend section 59A (orders for periodical payment: proceedings by justices’

chief executive) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1)—

              (a)             for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer for

a magistrates’ court”,

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              (b)             for “the relevant justices’ chief executive” substitute “the relevant

designated officer”, and

              (c)             for “to that justices’ chief executive” substitute “to that designated

officer”.

          (3)      In subsection (2)—

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              (a)             for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer for

a magistrates’ court”, and

              (b)             for “the relevant justices’ chief executive for him” substitute “the

relevant designated officer for him”.

          (4)      In subsection (3), for “the relevant justices’ chief executive, he” substitute

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“the relevant designated officer, he”.

          (5)      In subsection (4)—

              (a)             for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the relevant designated

officer”,

              (b)             for “justices’ chief executive cancelling” substitute “relevant

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designated officer cancelling”, and

              (c)             for “justices’ chief executive shall” substitute “relevant designated

officer shall”.

          (6)      In subsection (7), for the definition of “the relevant justices’ chief executive”

substitute—

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                                      ““the relevant designated officer”, in relation to an order,

means—

                           (a)                          in a case where payments under the order are

required to be made to or through the designated

officer for a magistrates’ court, the designated officer

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for that magistrates’ court;

                           (b)                          in a case where such payments are required to be

made by any method of payment falling within

section 59(6) and the order was made by a

magistrates’ court, the designated officer for that

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magistrates’ court; and

                           (c)                          in a case where such payments are required to be

made by any method of payment falling within

section 59(6) and the order was not made by a

magistrates’ court, the designated officer for the

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magistrates’ court in which the order is registered;”.

          (7)      In the section heading, for “justices’ chief executive” substitute “designated

officer”.

  107      In section 60(5) (variation of order as to person to whom payments are to be

made), for “to the justices’ chief executive for the court” substitute “to the

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designated officer for the court”.

  108      In section 61(1)(b) (periodical payments payable by one person under more

than one order)—

 

 

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              (a)             for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer for

a magistrates’ court”, and

              (b)             for “that justices’ chief executive” substitute “that designated

officer”.

  109      In section 62(1)(ii) (proceedings for sums payable to child), for “justices’

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chief executive for” substitute “designated officer for”.

  110      In section 66(3) (composition of family proceedings courts), for the words

from “and section 67” onwards substitute ““lay justice” has the same

meaning as in the Courts Act 2003”.

  111     (1)      Amend section 77 (postponement of issue of warrant) as follows.

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          (2)      In subsection (5), for “for the petty sessions” substitute “in the local justice”.

          (3)      For subsection (6), substitute—

              “(6)                Where such an application is referred to the court—

                    (a)                   the clerk of the court shall fix a time and place for the

application to be heard; and

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                    (b)                   the designated officer for the court shall give the applicant

notice of that time and place.”

  112      In section 82(5A) (notice of hearing to consider issue of warrant of

commitment for default in paying fine), for “justices’ chief executive for”

substitute “designated officer for”.

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  113     (1)      Amend section 87 (enforcement of payment of fines by High Court and

county court) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for “justices’ chief executive for” substitute “designated

officer for”.

          (3)      In subsection (3), for “justices’ chief executive” substitute “designated officer

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for the magistrates’ court”.

          (4)      Omit subsection (4).

  114     (1)      Amend section 87A (fines imposed on companies) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for “justices’ chief executive for” substitute “designated

officer for”.

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          (3)      Omit subsection (2).

  115      In section 89(2) (transfer of fine order), for “justices’ chief executive for” (in

both places) substitute “designated officer for”.

  116      In section 90(3) (transfer of fines to Scotland or Northern Ireland), for

“justices’ chief executive for” substitute “designated officer for”.

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  117      In section 91(1) (transfer of fines from Scotland or Northern Ireland), for

“justices’ chief executive for” substitute “designated officer for”.

  118      In section 95(3) (instalments in case of non-English maintenance order), for

“a justices’ chief executive” (in both places) substitute “the designated officer

for the court or for any other magistrates’ court”.

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  119      In section 97(1), omit—

              (a)             “for any commission area”, and

              (b)             “for that commission area”.

 

 

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  120     (1)      Amend section 97A (summons or warrant as to committal proceedings) as

follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1)—

              (a)             omit “for any commission area”,

              (b)             at the end of paragraph (a) insert “and”, and

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              (c)             omit paragraph (c) and “and” before it.

          (3)      In subsections (9), (10) and (11), for “chief executive to” substitute

“designated officer for”.

  121      In section 99 (proof of non-payment of sum adjudged)—

              (a)             for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer for

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a magistrates’ court”, and

              (b)             for “the justices’ chief executive” (in both places) substitute “the

designated officer”.

  122      In section 114 (payment of recognisances and fees on case stated), for

“justices’ chief executive” substitute “designated officer”.

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  123     (1)      Amend section 116 (discharge of recognizance to keep the peace or be of

good behaviour etc.) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), omit “for any area to which this section applies”, the words

from “, if the complaint” to “for that area,” and “for that area” (in the second

place where it occurs).

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          (3)      Omit subsection (3).

  124     (1)      Amend section 121 (constitution and place of sitting of court) as follows.

          (2)      Omit subsection (3).

          (3)      For subsection (4), substitute—

              “(4)                Subject to the provisions of any enactment to the contrary, a

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magistrates’ court must sit in open court if it is—

                    (a)                   trying summarily an information for an indictable offence,

                    (b)                   trying an information for a summary offence,

                    (c)                   imposing imprisonment,

                    (d)                   hearing a complaint, or

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                    (e)                   holding an inquiry into the means of an offender for the

purposes of section 82.”

          (4)      In subsection (5), omit “, or sitting in an occasional court-house”.

  125     (1)      Amend section 125B (execution of warrants by approved enforcement

agency) as follows.

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          (2)      In subsection (2), for the words from “under” onwards substitute “by the

Lord Chancellor”.

          (3)      After subsection (2), insert—

              “(2A)                The Lord Chancellor must maintain a register containing the names

of all persons and bodies approved by him under subsection (2) and

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must make such arrangements as he considers appropriate for

making the register available for inspection.”

          (4)      Omit subsection (3).

 

 

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          (5)      In subsection (5)(d), for the words from “under” onwards substitute “by the

Lord Chancellor under subsection (2A)”.

          (6)      After subsection (5), insert—

              “(6)                A decision by the Lord Chancellor to revoke the approval of a person

or body under subsection (2) does not have effect to revoke the

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approval until the Lord Chancellor has informed the person or body

of the decision.”

  126     (1)      Amend section 125C (disclosure of information for enforcing warrants) as

follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1)—

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              (a)             for “a justices’ chief executive” substitute “the designated officer for

a magistrates’ court”, and

              (b)             omit “appointed by, or member of the staff of, his magistrates’ courts

committee”.

          (3)      In subsection (2), in the definition of “a section 125A warrant” omit the

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words from “and” onwards.

          (4)      In subsection (3), for paragraph (c) substitute—

                    “(c)                      any justices’ clerk or other person appointed under section 2

of the Courts Act 2003.”

  127      Omit sections 137 and 138 (fees and remission of fees).

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  128      In section 139 (disposal of sums adjudged to be paid by conviction)—

              (a)             for “A justices’ chief executive” substitute “The designated officer for

a magistrates’ court”, and

              (b)             for “section 60 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997” substitute

“section 33 of the Courts Act 2003”.

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  129     (1)      Amend section 144 (rule committee) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1)—

              (a)             for “and justices’ chief executives” substitute “and designated

officers for magistrates’ courts”, and

              (b)             insert at the end “, except in relation to family proceedings.”

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          (3)      In subsection (2), omit “the President of the Family Division of the High

Court,”.

  130      Omit section 145(1)(aa) (rules may make provision for determination of

applications under section 3B by justices’ clerks).

  131      Omit section 147 (occasional court-house).

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  132      In section 148(2) (power of magistrates’ courts to act where another may act),

for “for the same petty sessions” substitute “in the same local justice”.

  133      Omit section 149 (Isles of Scilly).

  134      In section 150(1), omit the definition of “petty-sessional court-house”.

  135      Omit section 153 (magistrates’ courts may sit on Sundays and public

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holidays).

  136      Omit Schedule 6 (fees).

 

 

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Highways Act 1980 (c. 66)

  137      In section 47(6) (notification of decision of justices who view highway

alleged to be unnecessary), for “chief executive to” substitute “designated

officer for”.

Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (c. 37)

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  138      In section 18(1)(a) (appeals to magistrates’ courts), omit “acting for the petty

sessions area in which the zoo is situated”.

Supreme Court Act 1981 (c. 54)

  139     (1)      Amend section 8 (the Crown Court) as follows.

          (2)      For subsection (2), substitute—

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              “(2)                A justice of the peace is not disqualified from acting as a judge of the

Crown Court merely because the proceedings are not at a place

within the local justice area to which he is assigned or because the

proceedings are not related to that area in any other way.”

          (3)      In subsection (3), for “or any Circuit judge or Recorder” substitute “, Circuit

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judge, Recorder or District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)”.

  140      In section 9(6A) (Circuit judge and Recorder not to exercise powers of single

judge), after “31” insert “, 31ZA”.

  141      In section 75(1) (allocation of cases to different sorts of judges), for “and to a

Circuit judge or Recorder” substitute “, Circuit judge, Recorder or District

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Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)”.

  142      In—

              (a)             section 125 (copies of wills and grants),

              (b)             section 126(1) (depositaries for wills of living persons), and

              (c)             section 134(2) (right to inspect power of attorney on payment of the

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prescribed fee),

           for “the prescribed fee” substitute “the fee prescribed by an order under

section 87 of the Courts Act 2003 (fees)”.

  143      Omit section 130 (fees to be taken in Supreme Court).

  144      Omit sections 138, 138A and 138B (effect of writs of execution against

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goods).

  145      In section 151(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “prescribed”, omit

paragraph (b) and “and” before it.

Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (c. 27)

  146     (1)      Amend section 5 (recognition and enforcement of maintenance orders) as

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follows.

          (2)      In subsection (5B), in the subsection to be regarded as substituted for section

76(5) of the 1980 Act, for “a justices’ chief executive” (in both places)

substitute “the designated officer for the court or for any other magistrates’

court”.

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