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

officer for”.

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

for the magistrates’ court”.

          (4)      Omit subsection (4).

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

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

officer for”.

          (3)      Omit subsection (2).

  224     (1)                                 Amend section 89 (transfer of fine order) as follows.

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          (2)                        In subsection (1)—

              (a)             after “Where a magistrates’ court” insert “in a local justice area”,

              (b)             for “in any petty sessions area other than that for which the court

acted” substitute “in England and Wales”, and

              (c)             for “the petty sessions area in which it appears to the court that he is

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residing;” substitute “another local justice area”.

          (3)                        In subsection (2)—

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

“designated officer for”, and

              (b)             for “for the petty sessions area” substitute “in the local justice area”.

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          (4)                        For subsection (3) substitute—

              “(3)                A court by which functions in relation to any sum are for the time

being exercisable by virtue of a transfer of fine order may make a

further transfer of fine order with respect to that sum.”

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

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

  226     (1)               Amend section 91 (transfer of fines from Scotland and Northern Ireland) as

follows.

          (2)               In subsection (1)—

              (a)             for “in a specified petty sessions area in England and Wales, a

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magistrates’ court acting for that area,” substitute “by a magistrates’

court in England and Wales, a magistrates’ court acting in the area in

which the person subject to the order resides,”, and

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

          (3)                        In subsection (3)—

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              (a)             for “in a petty sessions area” substitute “by a magistrates’ court”, and

              (b)             for “acting for that area” substitute “acting in the area in which the

person subject to the order resides”.

  227               In section 93(5) (issue of warrant to arrest person defaulting on maintenance

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

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  228      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”.

  229      In section 97(1), omit—

 

 

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              (a)             “for any commission area”, and

              (b)             “for that commission area”.

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

follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1)—

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              (a)             omit “for any commission area”,

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

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

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

“designated officer for”.

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

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

a magistrates’ court”, and

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

designated officer”.

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  232               In section 107 (false statements in declaration proving service), for “the

rules” substitute “rules of court”.

  233               In section 109(2) (notice to abandon an appeal), for “Crown Court rules”

substitute “rules of court”.

  234      In section 114 (payment of recognisances and fees on case stated)—

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              (a)                             for “the clerk of a magistrates’ court” substitute “a justices’ clerk”,

and

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

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

good behaviour etc.) as follows.

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          (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).

          (3)      Omit subsection (3).

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

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          (2)      Omit subsection (3).

          (3)      For subsection (4), substitute—

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

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

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

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                    (b)                   trying an information for a summary offence,

                    (c)                   imposing imprisonment,

                    (d)                   hearing a complaint, or

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

purposes of section 82.”

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

  237               In section 125(1) (warrants) for “the rules” substitute “rules of court”.

 

 

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

agency) as follows.

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

Lord Chancellor”.

          (3)      After subsection (2), insert—

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

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

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.”

  239     (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(1) of the Courts Act 2003.”

  240               In section 126 (execution of certain warrants outside England and Wales)—

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              (a)             for “Sections 12 to 14” substitute “Section 13(1) and (2)”, and

              (b)             in paragraph (a), for “those referred to in the said sections 12 to 14”

substitute “indictable offences”.

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

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

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              (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 38 of the Courts Act 2003”.

  243               Omit section 141 (clerks to justices).

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

          (2)                                 In subsection (1), after “prescribing” insert “except in relation to—

                    (a)                      any criminal cause or matter, or

                    (b)                      family proceedings,”,

 

 

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                   and for “and justices’ chief executives” substitute “and designated officers

for magistrates’ courts”.

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

Court, the Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate)”.

          (4)               In subsection (3), before paragraph (a) insert—

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                    “(za)                      one District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts);”.

          (5)               Omit subsection (5).

  245     (1)                        Amend section 145 (rules: supplementary provisions) as follows.

          (2)               In subsection (1), omit paragraphs (aa), (f) and (i).

          (3)                        Omit subsection (4).

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  246      Omit section 147 (occasional court-house).

  247      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”.

  248      Omit section 149 (Isles of Scilly).

  249     (1)      Amend section 150(1) (interpretation) as follows.

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          (2)                        Omit the definitions of “petty-sessional court-house”, “the register” and “the

rules”.

          (3)                        In the definition of “prescribed”, for “the rules” substitute “rules of court”.

  250      In section 152, for “the rules” substitute “rules of court”.

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

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holidays).

  252               In section 155(4) (extent of section 126 of 1980 Act), for “sections” substitute

“section”.

  253      Omit Schedule 6 (fees).

Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) Act 1980 (c. 47)

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  254               Omit—

              (a)             section 48 (appeal in capital cases), and

              (b)             Schedule 3 (procedural and other modifications for capital cases).

Highways Act 1980 (c. 66)

  255     (1)               Amend section 47 (power of magistrates’ court to declare that an

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unnecessary highway is not maintainable at public expense) as follows.

          (2)                        In subsection (5), for “acting for the petty sessions for” substitute “assigned

to the local justice area in”.

          (3)                        In subsection (6), for “chief executive to” substitute “designated officer for”.

  256     (1)               Amend section 116 (power of magistrates’ court to authorise stopping up or

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diversion of highway) as follows.

          (2)               In subsection (8)(b), for “for the same petty sessions” substitute “in the same

local justice”.

          (3)                        In subsection (9), for “the clerk of the court” substitute “a justices’ clerk”.

 

 

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Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (c. 37)

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

sessions area in which the zoo is situated”.

Supreme Court Act 1981 (c. 54)

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

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          (2)      For subsection (2), substitute—

              “(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.”

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

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

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

judge), after “31” insert “, 31B, 31C”.

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

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

Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)”.

  261      In—

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

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

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

prescribed fee),

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

section 92 of the Courts Act 2003 (fees)”.

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

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

goods).

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

paragraph (b) and “and” before it.

Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 (c. 63)

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  265               In paragraph 15(4A) of Schedule 1 (betting duties: notification of forfeiture

and cancellation of betting office licence), in paragraph (a) of the definition

of “proper officer of the court”, for “justices’ chief executive” substitute

“designated officer”.

  266               In paragraph 15(3)(a) of Schedule 4 (gaming machine licence duty: registers

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of permits), for “for a petty sessions area, the chief executive to the justices”

substitute “in a local justice area, the designated officer for the committee”.

Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (c. 27)

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

follows.

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          (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”.

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

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officer”.

  268      In section 15(3) (interpretation), for “for the same petty sessions area (or, in

Northern Ireland,” substitute “in the same local justice area (or, in Northern

Ireland, for the same”.

Administration of Justice Act 1982 (c. 53)

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  269               In section 23(6)(a) (fees for deposit of wills), for “section 130 of the Supreme

Court Act 1981” substitute “section 92 of the Courts Act 2003”.

County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28)

  270      In—

              (a)             section 66(4) (fees payable in respect of trial with jury proceedings in

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a county court),

              (b)             section 80(2) (judge’s note on appeal—fee etc.), and

              (c)             section 95(4) (fees payable in respect of duties of brokers and

appraisers),

           for “the fees orders” substitute “an order under section 92 of the Courts Act

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2003 (fees)”.

  271      Omit—

              (a)             section 73 (register of judgments and orders), and

              (b)             section 73A (provision for register to be kept by body under contract

to Lord Chancellor).

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  272      In section 98(1) (protection of district judge of county court selling goods

under execution without notice of claim by third party), for the words from

“(b) no person” to “execution debtor” substitute—

                    “(b)                      no person shall be entitled to recover against the district

judge or other officer, or anyone lawfully acting under his

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authority—

                           (i)                          for any sale of the goods, or

                           (ii)                         for paying over the proceeds prior to the receipt of a

claim to the goods,

                                          unless it is proved that the person from whom recovery is

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sought had notice, or might by making reasonable inquiry

have ascertained, that the goods were not the property of the

execution debtor.”

  273     (1)      Amend section 99 (effect of warrants of execution) as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (2)(b)—

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              (a)             after “to” insert “an enforcement officer or other officer charged with

the execution of the writ”, and

              (b)             for “the sheriff” substitute “that person”.

          (3)      In subsection (4)—

 

 

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              (a)             before paragraph (a) insert—

                           “(za)                             “enforcement officer” means an individual who is

authorised to act as an enforcement officer under the

Courts Act 2003;”, and

              (b)             omit paragraph (b).

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  274      For section 104 (information as to writs and warrants of execution),

substitute—

       “104                                                  Information as to writs and warrants of execution

              (1)                             Where a writ against the goods of any person issued from the High

Court is delivered to an enforcement officer who is under a duty to

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execute the writ or to a sheriff, then on demand from the district

judge of a county court that person shall—

                    (a)                   in the case of an enforcement officer, by writing signed by

that officer or a person acting under his authority, and

                    (b)                   in the case of a sheriff, by writing signed by any clerk in the

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office of the under-sheriff,

                              inform the district judge of the precise time the writ was delivered to

him.

              (2)                             A bailiff of a county court shall on demand show his warrant to any

enforcement officer, any person acting under the authority of an

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enforcement officer and any sheriff’s officer.

              (3)             Any writing purporting to be signed as mentioned in subsection (1)

and the endorsement on any warrant issued from a county court

shall respectively be sufficient justification to any district judge, or

enforcement officer or sheriff, acting on it.

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              (4)             In this section “enforcement officer” means an individual who is

authorised to act as an enforcement officer under the Courts Act

2003.”

  275      Omit section 128 (fees).

  276      In section 147(1) (interpretation), omit the definition of “fees orders”.

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Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (c. 42)

  277      Omit—

              (a)             section 40 (family proceedings rules), and

              (b)             section 41 (fees in family proceedings).

Building Act 1984 (c. 55)

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  278      In section 40(1) (appeal against section 36 notice), omit “acting for the petty

sessions area in which is situated land on which there has been carried out

any work to which the notice relates”.

  279      In section 55(1) (appeals), omit “acting for the petty sessions area in which is

situated land on which there will be, or there has been, carried out any work

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to which the notice or certificate relates”.

 

 

 
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