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Part 3S[F1Officers of court]


Amendments (Textual)


75[F2Officer of court's] actions void where officer has interestS

(1)Anything done by [F3an officer of court] in exercising or purporting to exercise a prescribed function in relation to a matter in which the officer has an interest is void.

(2)[F4An officer of court] has an interest in a matter where the matter—

(a)is one in which the officer has an interest as an individual; or

(b)consists of or includes a debt in relation to which any of the circumstances mentioned in subsection (3) below apply.

(3)The circumstances referred to in subsection (2)(b) above are that the debt is due to or by—

(a)a business associate of the [F5officer of court];

(b)a member of the officer's family; or

(c)a company or firm, and the officer, a business associate of the officer or a member of the officer's family—

(i)is a director or partner of that company or firm;

(ii)holds, either alone or along with an other person, a controlling interest in that company or firm; or

(iii)has a pecuniary interest in that company or firm and the sole or main business of the company or firm is the purchase of debts for enforcement.

(4)Any reference in subsection (3) above to—

(a)a business associate of [F6an officer of court] is to be construed as a reference to a co-director, partner, employer, employee, agent or principal of the officer;

(b)a controlling interest in a company is to be construed as a reference to an interest giving a person control of a company within the meaning of section 840 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (c. 1) (meaning of “control”).

(5)Any reference in subsection (3) above to a member of [F7an officer of court's] family is to be construed as a reference to—

(a)the spouse of the officer;

(b)a person living together with the officer as husband and wife;

(c)a civil partner of the officer;

(d)a person living with the officer in a relationship which has the characteristics of the relationship between a husband and wife except that the person and the officer are of the same sex;

(e)a parent of the officer;

(f)a brother or sister of the officer;

(g)a child of the officer, including—

(i)a stepchild; and

(ii)any child brought up or treated by the officer or any person mentioned in paragraph (b), (c) or (d) above as a child of the officer or, as the case may be, of that person;

(h)a grandchild of the officer,

and any relationships of the half blood or by affinity are to be construed as relationships of the full blood.

(6)In subsection (4)(a) above, “principal” does not include a principal in a contract for the carrying out by the [F8officer of court] of the prescribed function in relation to the debt concerned.

(7)In subsections (1) and (6) above, “prescribed function” means any function conferred on [F9an officer of court] by virtue of this Act or any other enactment which the Scottish Ministers by regulations specify for the purposes of this section.


Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I1S. 75 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 227; s. 75(7) in force for certain purposes at 1.4.2008 by S.S.I. 2008/115, art. 3(4), Sch. 3 (with arts. 4-6, 10)

I2S. 75(1)-(6) in force at 31.1.2011 by S.S.I. 2011/31, art. 3(f)

I3S. 75(7) in force at 31.1.2011 in so far as not already in force by S.S.I. 2011/31, art. 3(f)


F1076Measure of damages payable by judicial officer for negligence or other faultS

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Amendments (Textual)

77Effect of code of practiceS

(1)[F11An officer of court] must, in exercising the officer's functions or undertaking any activities, have regard to the provisions (so far as they are applicable) of any code of practice published under section [F1263A] of this Act.

(2)A failure on the part of [F13an officer of court] to comply with any provision of a code of practice does not of itself render the officer liable to any criminal or civil proceedings.

(3)A code of practice is admissible in evidence in any criminal or civil proceedings.

(4)If any provision of a code of practice appears to—

(a)the court or tribunal conducting any civil or criminal proceedings; or

[F14(b)a relevant court (within the meaning of subsection (8) of section 79 of the 1987 Act (investigation of alleged misconduct)) in disciplinary proceedings under that section;]

to be relevant to any question arising in the proceedings, that provision of the code may be taken into account in determining that question.

78Electronic publications and communicationsS

In this Part—

(a)references to “publishing” include publishing by electronic means and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly; and

(b)any reference to a notification, F15... being in writing includes a reference to that notification, F15... being an electronic communication.


Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I5S. 78 in force at 31.1.2011 by S.S.I. 2011/31, art. 3(g)