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1(1)The Scottish Ministers must appoint such number of persons as they think fit to be eligible (for such period, not exceeding 5 years, as the Scottish Ministers may specify) to serve as members of a Panel constituted under section 75(1).
(2)At least one of the persons so appointed must be, and have been for at least 5 years—
(a)a solicitor holding a practising certificate issued in accordance with Part 2 of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (c. 46), or
(3)An individual is disqualified from being so appointed, and from being appointed as or being a Panel member, if the individual is—
(a)a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary or holds any of the judicial offices specified in Part 1 of schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24),
(b)a member of the Scottish Parliament,
(c)an office-holder in the Scottish Administration,
(d)an individual of such other description as may be prescribed by order by the Scottish Ministers.
(4)Each Panel is to consist of 3 of the persons appointed under paragraph 1(1) (one of whom is to be appointed by the Scottish Ministers to chair the Panel).
(5)A person appointed to chair a Panel must fall within paragraph 1(2).
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