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Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

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CHAPTER 1ESTABLISHMENT AND ROLE

46The Sheriff Appeal Court

(1)There is established a court of law to be known as the Sheriff Appeal Court.

(2)The Court consists of judges each to be known as an Appeal Sheriff.

47Jurisdiction and competence

(1)The Sheriff Appeal Court has jurisdiction and competence to hear and determine appeals to such extent as is provided by or under—

(a)this Act, or

(b)any other enactment.

(2)The Court’s jurisdiction and competence is exercisable by one or more of the Appeal Sheriffs at sittings of the Court.

(3)The Court has all such powers as are, under the law of Scotland, inherently possessed by a court of law for the purposes of the discharge of its jurisdiction and competence and giving full effect to its decisions.

(4)Subsection (3) is subject to any other provision of this Act or any other enactment that restricts or excludes any power of the Court in determining or disposing of an appeal.

48Status of decisions of the Sheriff Appeal Court in precedent

(1)A decision of the Sheriff Appeal Court on the interpretation or application of the law is binding—

(a)in proceedings before a sheriff anywhere in Scotland,

(b)in proceedings before a justice of the peace court anywhere in Scotland,

(c)in proceedings before the Sheriff Appeal Court, except in a case where the Court hearing the proceedings is constituted by a greater number of Appeal Sheriffs than those constituting the Court which made the decision.

(2)In subsection (1)(a), the reference to proceedings before a sheriff includes, in the case of criminal proceedings, a reference to solemn proceedings before a sheriff and jury.

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