Paragraphs 78-83 - The Criminal Proceedings etc (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007
922.Paragraphs 79 and 83 remove unnecessary references from section 7 of, and the Schedule to, the 2007 Act, in consequence of the amendments made by section 55 of this Act.
923.Section 74(6) of the 2007 Act states that a Stipendiary Magistrate may exercise judicial and signing functions in the same manner as a Justice of the Peace (JP). Section 76(2) of that Act states that a member of a local authority may also exercise signing functions in the same manner as a JP.
924.Paragraphs 80-82 clarify the position by replacing the reference to Stipendiary Magistrates acting “in the same manner” as a JP with a new section 74A which states that a Stipendiary Magistrate may exercise the same judicial and signing functions as a JP as if the magistrate was a JP. It also clarifies that a member of a local authority may exercise the same signing functions as a JP.