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The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations 2012

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25.—(1) A person who is aggrieved by—

(a)a decision of the competent authority to refuse, suspend or revoke a certificate or a temporary certificate or to refuse to modify a certificate; or

(b)a decision of an authorised person to serve an enforcement notice under regulation 21,

may appeal to the sheriff against the decision or the notice.

(2) The competent authority may be a party to an appeal under this regulation.

(3) An appeal under this regulation—

(a)may be on any issue of fact or law;

(b)is to be made by way of summary application; and

(c)must be lodged with the sheriff clerk within the period of 28 days from the day on which the decision was made.

(4) On good cause being shown the sheriff may hear an appeal under this regulation which was not lodged within the period referred to in paragraph (3)(c).

(5) Unless the sheriff orders otherwise, the decision appealed against is not suspended pending the determination of the appeal.

(6) In considering an appeal under this regulation, the sheriff may hear evidence by or on behalf of any party to the appeal.

(7) On an appeal under this regulation the sheriff may—

(a)reduce the decision;

(b)uphold the decision (with or without modification); or

(c)remit the matter, or any aspect of it, to the competent authority for further consideration.

(8) On remitting a matter under paragraph (7)(c), the sheriff may—

(a)specify a date by which the competent authority must, having reconsidered the matter, make another decision; and

(b)modify any procedural steps which otherwise would be required in relation to the matter by or under these Regulations.

(9) The sheriff may include in a decision on an appeal under this regulation such order as to the expenses of the appeal as the sheriff considers appropriate.

(10) The decision of the sheriff on an appeal under this regulation is final.

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