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Administration of Justice Act 1977

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21Persons to preside at meetings of justices

(1)The following subsection shall be substituted for section 13(3) of the Justices of the Peace Act 1949 (under which the chairman or a deputy chairman of the justices for a petty sessions area must preside at any meeting of the justices, if present):—

(3)Subject to the next following subsection, if the chairman or a deputy chairman of the justices for a petty sessions area is present at a meeting of those justices, he shall preside unless he requests another justice to preside in accordance with rules made under this section..

(2)At the end of subsection (5) (power to make rules) of the said section 13 there shall be added the words " and

(c)as to the justices whom a chairman or deputy chairman of justices may request to preside at a meeting.".

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