81After section 74 insert—
(1)A stipendiary magistrate may, by reason of holding that office—
(a)exercise the same judicial and signing functions as are exercisable by a JP,
(b)do so in the same manner as a JP (including by using the title of office of JP).
(2)For the purpose of subsection (1)—
(a)the acts of a stipendiary magistrate are valid as if the magistrate were a JP,
(b)it does not matter if an enactment from which a JP derives authority to act in a specific case does not bear to give equivalent authority to a stipendiary magistrate.
(3)However, subsections (1) and (2) are subject to any provision of an enactment which expressly excludes a stipendiary magistrate from acting in a specific case.
(4)This section does not limit any other functions of a stipendiary magistrate (in particular, those exercisable in that capacity only).”.