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Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980

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37Lord Advocate's reference

After section 263 of the 1975 Act there shall be inserted the following section— Lord Advocate's reference.

263A(1)Where a person tried on indictment is acquitted of a charge, the Lord Advocate may refer a point of law which has arisen in relation to that charge to the High Court for their opinion; and the Clerk of Justiciary shall send to the person and to any solicitor who acted for the person at the trial, a copy of the reference and intimation of the date fixed by the Court for a hearing.

(2)The person may, not later than seven days before the date so fixed, intimate in writing to the Clerk of Justiciary and to the Lord Advocate either—

(a)that he elects to appear personally at the hearing; or

(b)that he elects to be represented thereat by counsel;

but, except by leave of the Court on cause shown, (and without prejudice to his right to attend), he shall not appear or be represented at the hearing other than by and in conformity with an election under this subsection.

(3)Where there is no intimation under subsection (2) (b) above, the High Court shall appoint counsel to act at the hearing as amicus curiae.

(4)The costs of representation elected under subsection (2) (b) above or of an appointment under subsection (3) above shall, after being taxed by the Auditor of the Court of Session, be paid by the Lord Advocate.

(5)The opinion on the point referred under subsection (1) above shall not affect the acquittal in the trial.

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