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Courts Act 1971

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Introductory

    1. 1.The Supreme Court

    2. 2.Location of sittings and business of High Court

    3. 3.Abolition of courts of quarter sessions

  3. Part II The Crown Court

    1. 4.Establishment of the Crown Court

    2. 5.Justices as judges of the Crown Court

    3. Trial on indictment

      1. 6.Exclusive jurisdiction in trial on indictment

      2. 7.Committal for trial on indictment

    4. Other jurisdiction

      1. 8.Transfer to Crown Court of quarter sessions jurisdiction

      2. 9.Appeals to Crown Court

      3. 10.High Court jurisdiction in Crown Court proceedings

    5. Trial on indictment and other jurisdiction

      1. 11.Sentences imposed and other decisions made by Crown Court

      2. 12.Right of audience

      3. 13.Process to compel appearance before Crown Court

      4. 14.Practice and procedure: power to make rules

      5. 15.Crown Court rules

  4. Part III Judges

    1. 16.Appointment of Circuit judges

    2. 17.Retirement, removal and disqualifications of Circuit judges

    3. 18.Salaries and allowances of Circuit judges

    4. 19.Pensions of Circuit judges

    5. 20.Judges of county courts

    6. 21.Appointment of Recorders

    7. 22.Oaths to be taken by Circuit judges and Recorders

    8. 23.Circuit judge or Recorder sitting as High Court judge

    9. 24.Deputy High Court and Circuit judges

    10. 25.Official referees' business

  5. Part IV Officers and Accommodation

    1. 26.Masters and registrars to be appointed by Lord Chancellor

    2. 27.Administrative and other court staff

    3. 28.Provision of accommodation

    4. 29.Accommodation in City of London

    5. 30.Advisory committees

  6. Part V Juries

    1. 31.Summoning of jurors

    2. 32.Panels of jurors

    3. 33.Summoning in exceptional circumstances

    4. 34.Attendance and service, and excusals

    5. 35.The ballot, and swearing of jurors

    6. 36.Payments in respect of jury service

    7. 37.Exemption for previous jury service

    8. 38.Offences

    9. 39.Civil proceedings: majority verdicts

    10. 40.Abolition of special juries and supplemental provisions

  7. Part VI Miscellaneous and Supplemental

    1. Merger or abolition of certain courts and offices

      1. 41.Merger of Palatine Courts with High Court

      2. 42.Local court for City of London

      3. 43.Abolition of certain other local courts

      4. 44.Abolition of certain offices

    2. Matrimonial jurisdiction and patent appeals

      1. 45.Matrimonial jurisdiction

      2. 46.Patent appeals

    3. Costs

      1. 47.Costs awarded by Crown Court out of central funds

      2. 48.Costs awarded by Crown Court as between parties

      3. 49.Costs awarded by Divisional Court or House of Lords out of central funds

      4. 50.Crown Court rules relating to costs

      5. 51.Construction and consequential amendments

      6. 52.Award of costs where information or complaint is not proceeded with

    4. Administrative functions of justices

      1. 53.Administrative functions of justices

    5. Boroughs: honorary offices

      1. 54.Boroughs: honorary offices

    6. Supplemental

      1. 55.Financial provisions

      2. 56.Minor and consequential amendments, transitional provisions and repeals

      3. 57.Interpretation of this Act and rules of construction of other Acts

      4. 58.Northern Ireland powers concerning majority verdicts of juries

      5. 59.Short title, commencement and extent

    1. Schedule 1

      Quarter sessions jurisdiction transferred to Crown Court

    2. Schedule 2

      Holders of certain existing judicial offices

    3. Schedule 3

      Premises formerly used for business of abolished courts

    4. Schedule 4

      Juries: consequential and transitional provisions

    5. Schedule 5

      Transitional provisions consequential on merger or abolition of certain courts

    6. Schedule 6

      Amendments relating to costs in criminal cases, etc

    7. Schedule 7

      Administrative functions of justices

    8. Schedule 8

      Amendments of other Acts

    9. Schedule 9

      Quarter sessions jurisdiction: substitution of references to Crown Court

    10. Schedule 10

      Transitional provisions

    11. Schedule 11

      Repeals

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