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The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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57 .F1—(1) Any person authorised by the DepartmentF2. . . in that behalf may conduct any proceedings under the benefit Acts before a magistrates' court although not a barrister or solicitor.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in any statutory provision—

(a)proceedings for an offence under the benefit ActsF2. . . may be begun at any time within the period of three months from the date on which evidence, sufficient in the opinion of the Department to justify a prosecution for the offence, comes to its knowledge or within a period of twelve months from the commission of the offence, whichever period last expires;F2. . .

Sub.‐para. (b) rep. by 1992 c. 9

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)—

(a )F3a certificate purporting to be signed by the Head or a secretary, under secretary or assistant secretary of the DepartmentF2. . . as to the date on which such evidence as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) of that paragraph came to its knowledge shall be conclusive evidence of that date;F2. . .

Sub‐para. (b) rep. by 1992 c. 9

  • Para. (3A) rep. by 1992 c. 9

  • Paras. (4), (5) rep. by 1989 NI 12

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F1mod. (exc. (2)(b),(3)(b)) by SR 1988/137

F3mod. by SR 1988/137

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