Supreme Court Act 1981

Part VIMISCELLANEOUS AND SUPPLEMENTARY

Miscellaneous provisions

129Lords Commissioners to represent Lord Chancellor when Great Seal in commission

When the Great Seal is in commission, the Lords Commissioners shall represent the Lord Chancellor for the purposes of this Act; but the powers vested in him by this Act in relation to—

(a)the appointment of officers, and

(b)any act for which the concurrence or presence of the Lord Chancellor is required by this Act, may be exercised by the senior Lord Commissioner for the time being.

130Fees to be taken in Supreme Court

(1)The Lord Chancellor may by order under this section prescribe the fees to be taken in the Supreme Court, other than fees which he or some other authority has power to prescribe apart from this section.

(2)The concurrence of the Treasury shall be required for the making of any order under this section ; and in addition—

(a)the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Family Division and the Vice-Chancellor, or of any three of them, shall be required for the making of any such order not relating exclusively to fees to be taken in connection with proceedings in the Crown Court; and

(b)the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice shall be required for the making of any such order relating exclusively to fees to be taken in connection with proceedings in the Crown Court.

(3)Nothing in subsection (1) shall be taken to prevent any authority having power apart from this section to prescribe fees to be taken in the Supreme Court from applying to any extent any provisions contained in any order made under this section ; and where any instrument made in the exercise of any such power applies any provisions so contained, then, unless the contrary intention appears, it shall be taken to apply those provisions as amended from time to time.

(4)Any order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument, which shall be laid before Parliament after being made.

131Conveyancing counsel of Supreme Court

(1)The conveyancing counsel of the Supreme Court shall be conveyancing counsel in actual practice who have practised as such for not less than ten years.

(2)The conveyancing counsel of the court shall be not more than six, nor less than three, in number, and shall be appointed by the Lord Chancellor.

132Proof of documents bearing seal or stamp of Supreme Court or any office thereof

Every document purporting to be sealed or stamped with the seal or stamp of the Supreme Court or of any office of the Supreme Court shall be received in evidence in all parts of the United Kingdom without further proof.

133Enrolment and engrossment of instruments

(1)The Master of the Rolls may make regulations for authorising and regulating the enrolment or filing of instruments in the Supreme Court, and for prescribing the form in which certificates of enrolment or filing are to be issued.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) shall not affect the operation of any enactment requiring or authorising the enrolment of any instrument in the Supreme Court or prescribing the manner in which any instrument is to be enrolled there.

(3)Any instrument which is required or authorised by or under this or any other Act to be enrolled or engrossed in the Supreme Court shall be deemed to have been duly enrolled or engrossed if it is written on material authorised or required by regulations under subsection (1) and has been filed or otherwise preserved in accordance with regulations under that subsection.

(4)The Lord Chancellor may, with the concurrence of the Master of the Rolls and of the Treasury, make regulations prescribing the fees to be paid on the enrolment or filing of any instrument in the Supreme Court, including any additional fees payable on the enrolment or filing of any instrument out of time.

(5)Any regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument, which shall be laid before Parliament after being made ; and the Statutory Instruments Act 1946 shall apply to a statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (1) in like manner as if the regulations had been made by a Minister of the Crown.

134Powers of attorney deposited before October 1971

(1)This section applies to any instrument creating, or verifying the execution of, a power of attorney which was deposited in the Central Office of the Supreme Court before 1st October 1971.

(2)A separate file of such instruments shall continue to be kept and, subject to payment of any prescribed fee—

(a)any person may search that file, and may inspect any such instrument; and

(b)an office copy of any such instrument shall be issued to any person on request.

(3)A document purporting to be an office copy of any such instrument shall, in any part of the United Kingdom, without further proof be sufficient evidence of the contents of the instrument and of its having been deposited as mentioned in subsection (1).

135Bonds given under order of court

(1)A bond to be given by any person under or for the purposes of any order of the High Court or the civil division of the Court of Appeal shall be given in such form and to such officer of the court as may be prescribed and, if the court so requires, with one or more sureties.

(2)An officer of the court to whom a bond is given in accordance with subsection (1) shall as such have power to enforce it or to assign it, pursuant to an order of the court under subsection (4), to some other person.

(3)Where by rules of court made for the purposes of this section another officer is at any time substituted for the officer previously prescribed as the officer to whom bonds of any class are to be given, the rules may provide that bonds of that class given before the rules come into operation shall have effect as if references in the bonds to the officer previously prescribed were references to the substituted officer.

(4)Where it appears to the court that the condition of a bond given in accordance with subsection (1) has been broken, the court may, on an application in that behalf, order the bond to be assigned to such person as may be specified in the order.

(5)A person to whom a bond is ordered to be assigned under subsection (4) shall be entitled by virtue of the order to sue on the bond in his own name as if it had been originally given to him, and to recover on it as trustee for all persons interested the full amount recoverable in respect of the breach of condition.

136Production of documents filed in, or in custody of, Supreme Court

(1)The Lord Chancellor may, with the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Family Division and the Vice-Chancellor, or of any three of them, make rules for providing that, in any case where a document filed in, or in the custody of, any office of the Supreme Court is required to be produced to any court or tribunal (including an umpire or arbitrator) sitting elsewhere than at the Royal Courts of Justice—

(a)it shall not be necessary for any officer, whether served with a subpoena in that behalf or not, to attend for the purpose of producing the document; but

(b)the document may be produced to the court or tribunal by sending it to the court or tribunal, in the manner prescribed in the rules, together with a certificate, in the form so prescribed, to the effect that the document has been filed in, or is in the custody of, the office;

and any such certificate shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated in it.

(2)Rules under this section may contain—

(a)provisions for securing the safe custody and return to the proper office of the Supreme Court of any document sent to a court or tribunal in pursuance of the rules; and

(b)such incidental and supplementary provisions as appear to the Lord Chancellor to be necessary or expedient

(3)Rules under this section shall be made by statutory instrument, which shall be laid before Parliament after being made.

137Money paid into court under enactment subsequently repealed

Where in pursuance of any enactment, whenever passed, any money has (before or after the commencement of this Act) been paid—

(a)into the Bank of England in the name of the Accountant General of the Supreme Court; or

(b)into the Supreme Court,

then, if that enactment has been or is subsequently repealed—

(i)the Accountant General may continue to deal with the money; and

(ii)any powers of the High Court with respect to the money shall continue to be exercisable,

in all respects as if that enactment had not been repealed.

138Effect of writs of execution against goods

(1)Subject to subsection (2), a writ of fieri facias or other writ Of execution against goods issued from the High Court shall bind the property in the goods of the execution debtor as from the time when the writ is delivered to the sheriff to be executed.

(2)Such a writ shall not prejudice the title to any goods of the execution debtor acquired by a person in good faith and for valuable consideration unless he had, at the time when he acquired his title—

(a)notice that that writ or any other such writ by virtue of which the goods of the execution debtor might be seized Of attached had been delivered to and remained unexecuted in the hands of the sheriff; or

(b)notice that an application for the issue of a warrant of execution against the goods of the execution debtor had been made to the registrar of a county court and that the warrant issued on the application either—

(i)remained unexecuted in the hands of the registrar of the court from which it was issued; or

(ii)had been sent for execution to, and received by, the registrar of another county court, and remained unexecuted in the hands of the registrar of that court.

(3)For the better manifestation of the time mentioned in subsection (1), it shall be the duty of the sheriff (without fee) on receipt of any such writ as is there mentioned to endorse on its back the hour, day, month and year when he received it.

(4)For the purposes of this section—

(a)" property " means the general property in goods, and not merely a special property ;

(b)" sheriff " includes any officer charged with the enforcement of a writ of execution ;

(c)any reference to the goods of the execution debtor includes a reference to anything else of his that may lawfully be seized in execution; and

(d)a thing shall be treated as done in good faith if it is in fact done honestly, whether it is done negligently or not.

139Attachment of National Savings Bank deposits

(1)In section 27 of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (attachment of moneys payable by the Crown)—

(a)in subsection (1), paragraph (c) of the proviso (which precludes the making of orders under that subsection by the High Court or a county court in respect of money payable on account of a deposit in the National Savings Bank) shall cease to have effect; and

(b)after subsection (2) there shall be added—

(3)In their application to England and Wales the preceding provisions of this section shall have effect subject to any order for the time being in force under section 139(2) of the Supreme Court Act 1981..

(2)The Lord Chancellor may by order direct that section 27(1) and (2) of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (attachment of moneys payable by the Crown) shall not apply in relation to any money payable by the Crown to any person on account of—

(a)any deposit in the National Savings Bank; or

(b)a deposit in that Bank of any description specified in the order.

(3)Any order under subsection (2) shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(4)Without prejudice to section 153(4), this section extends to England and Wales only.

140Enforcement of fines and forfeited recognizances

(1)Payment of a fine imposed, or sum due under a recognizance forfeited, by the High Court or the civil division of the Court of Appeal may be enforced upon the order of the court—

(a)in like manner as a judgment of the High Court for the payment of money ; or

(b)in like manner as a fine imposed by the Crown Court.

(2)Where payment of a fine or other sum falls to be enforced as mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) upon an order of the High Court or the civil division of the Court of Appeal under that subsection—

(a)the court shall, if the fine or other sum is not paid in full forthwith or within such time as the court may allow, certify to Her Majesty's Remembrancer the sum payable; and

(b)Her Majesty's Remembrancer shall thereupon proceed to enforce payment of that sum as if it were due to him as a judgment debt.

(3)Where payment of a fine or other sum falls to be enforced as mentioned in paragraph (b) of subsection (1) upon an order of the High Court or the civil division of the Court of Appeal under that subsection, the provisions of sections 31 and 32 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973 shall, apply to that fine or other sum as they apply to a fine imposed by the Crown Court.

(4)Where payment of a fine or other sum has become enforceable by Her Majesty's Remembrancer by virtue of this section or section 16 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, any payment received by him in respect of that fine or other sum shall be dealt with by him in such manner as the Lord Chancellor may direct.

(5)In this section, and in sections 31 and 32 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973 as extended by this section, " fine " includes a penalty imposed in civil proceedings.

141Abolition of certain writs

Writs of elegit (the issue of which was ended by the Administration of Justice Act 1956) and writs of capias ad satisfaciendum are hereby abolished.

142Selection of judges for trial of election petitions

(1)The judges to be placed on the rota for the trial of parliamentary election petitions in England and Wales under Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1949 in each year shall be selected, in such manner as may be provided by rules of court, from the judges of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court exclusive of any who are members of the House of Lords.

(2)Notwithstanding the expiry of the year for which a judge has been placed on the rota he may act as if that year had not expired for the purpose of continuing to deal with, giving judgment in, or dealing with any ancillary matter relating to, any case with which he may have been concerned during that year.

(3)Any judge placed on the rota shall be eligible to be placed on the rota again in the succeeding or any subsequent year.

143Expenses of Lord Chancellor in administering funds in court

In section 12 of the Administration of Justice Act 1965 (investment of money transferred under Supreme Court or County Court Funds Rules to the National Debt Commissioners), for subsection (2) (provision for payment of certain sums into Consolidated Fund by the Commissioners after deduction of any sum required by the Treasury to be set aside to provide for depreciation in the value of investments made by them under subsection (1) of that section, and for certain deficiencies to be made good out of that Fund) there shall be substituted—

(2)If in any accounting year the aggregate of the sums of money received by the Commissioners by way of interests and dividends on investment made by them under the foregoing subsection, after deduction of—

(a)any sum required by the Treasury to be set aside to provide for depreciation in the value of investments so made; and

(b)such sum as the Lord Chancellor may with the concurrence of the Treasury direct to be paid to him in respect of the cost to him in that year of administering funds in court,

exceeds the aggregate of the sums due to be paid or credited in respect of that year by way of interest on moneys placed in the Supreme Court and in the county courts to deposit and short-term investment accounts, the excess shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

(2A)If in any accounting year the aggregate of the sums of money received as mentioned in subsection (2) above, after deduction of the sum or sums falling to be deducted under paragraphs (a) and (b) of that subsection, is less than the aggregate of the sums due as mentioned in that subsection, the deficiency shall be made good out of the Consolidated Fund.

(2B)The Commissioners shall pay to the Lord Chancellor any sum deducted by them under subsection (2)(b) above; and any sum received by the Lord Chancellor under this subsection shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund..

144Amendment of Part VIII of Mental Health Act 1959

(1)Part VIII of the Mental Health Act 1959 shall be amended as follows.

(2)For section 108 (Lord Chancellor's Visitors) there shall be substituted— Lord Chancellor's Visitors.

108(1)There shall be constituted in accordance with this section the following panels of Lord Chancellor's Visitors of patients, namely—

(a)a panel of Medical Visitors ;

(b)a panel of Legal Visitors ; and

(c)a panel of General Visitors (being Visitors who are not required by this section to possess either a medical or legal qualification for appointment).

(2)Each panel shall consist of persons appointed to it by the Lord Chancellor, the appointment of each person being for such term and subject to such conditions as the Lord Chancellor may determine.

(3)A person shall not be qualified to be appointed—

(a)to the panel of Medical Visitors unless he is a medical practitioner who appears to the Lord Chancellor to have special knowledge and experience of cases of mental disorder;

(b)to the panel of Legal Visitors unless he is a barrister or solicitor of not less than 10 years' standing.

(4)If the Lord Chancellor so determines in the case of any Visitor appointed under this section, he shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament such remuneration and allowances as the Lord Chancellor may, with the concurrence of the Minister for the Civil Service, determine..

(3)For subsection (1) of section 109 (functions of Visitors) there shall be substituted—

(1)Patients shall be visited by Lord Chancellor's Visitors in such circumstances, and in such manner, as may be prescribed by directions of a standing nature given by the Master of the Court of Protection with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor.

(1A)Where it appears to the judge in the case of any patient that a visit by a Lord Chancellor's Visitor is necessary for the purpose of investigating any particular matter or matters relating to the capacity of the patient to manage and administer his property and affairs, or otherwise relating to the exercise in relation to him of the functions of the judge under this Part of this Act, the judge may order that the patient shall be visited for that purpose.

(1B)Every visit falling to be made under subsection (1) or (1A) of this section shall be made by a General Visitor unless, in a case where it appears to the judge that it is in the circumstances essential for the visit to be made by a Visitor with medical or legal qualifications, the judge directs that the visit shall be made by a Medical or a Legal Visitor.

(1C)A Visitor making a visit under this section shall make such report on the visit as the judge may direct..

(4)In subsection (4) of section 109, for " subsection (1) " there shall be substituted

subsection (1A).

(5)The offices of Lord Chancellor's Medical Visitor and Lord Chancellor's Legal Visitor under section 108 of the said Act of 1959 as in force immediately before the commencement of this Act shall cease to exist at the commencement of this Act.

145Amendment of Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1968

(1)The Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1968 shall be amended as follows.

(2)In section 2(1)(a) (under which the judges of the Courts-Martial Appeal Court include such judges of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court as may be nominated for that purpose by the Lord Chief Justice after consultation with the Master of the Rolls), the words " of the Queen's Bench Division " and " after consultation with the Master of the Rolls" shall be omitted.

(3)In section 3(a) (under which the powers of the Courts-Martial Appeal Court may be exercised by any judge of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court), the words " of the Queen's Bench Division " shall be omitted.

(4)For section 5 (constitution of Appeal Court for particular sittings) there shall be substituted—

5(1)Subject to subsection (4) below, the Appeal Court shall be duly constituted if it consists of an uneven number of judges not less than three.

(2)Where—

(a)part of any proceedings before the Appeal Court has been heard by an uneven number of judges greater than three ; and

(b)one or more members of the Court as constituted for the purpose of those proceedings are unable to continue,

then, subject to subsection (4) below, the Court shall remain duly constituted for the purpose of those proceedings so long as the number of members (whether even or uneven) is not reduced to less than three.

(3)Subject to subsection (4) below, the Appeal Court shall, if it consists of two judges, be duly constituted for every purpose except—

(a)determining an appeal against—

(i)conviction; or

(ii)a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity; or

(iii)a finding of unfitness to stand trial;

(b)determining an application for leave to appeal to the House of Lords ; and

(c)refusing an application for leave to appeal to the Appeal Court against conviction or any such finding as is mentioned in paragraph (a)(ii) or (iii), other than an application which has been refused by a single judge.

(4)At least one of the judges of which the Appeal Court consists at any sitting must be a judge of the Court by virtue of section 2(1) of this Act, except that where the Court is directed to sit at a place outside the United Kingdom the Lord Chancellor may, if he thinks it expedient to do so, direct that this provision shall not apply to the Court while sitting at that place.

(5)Where an appeal has been heard by the Appeal Court and the Court as constituted for that purpose consists of an even number of judges, then, if those judges are equally divided, the case shall be re-argued before and determined by an uneven number of judges not less than three..

(5)In section 36(2) (rights of appellant on refusal of single judge to exercise certain powers in his favour) for "for the hearing and determination of appeals " there shall be substituted

for the purpose in accordance with section 5 of this Act.

146Amendment of Courts Act 1971

For section 24 of the Courts Act 1971 (deputy High Court and Circuit judges) there shall be substituted— Deputy Circuit judges and assistant Recorders.

24(1)If it appears to the Lord Chancellor that it is expedient as a temporary measure to make an appointment under this section in order to facilitate the disposal of business in the Crown Court or a county court or official referees' business in the High Court, he may—

(a)appoint to be a deputy Circuit judge, during such period or on such occasions as he thinks fit, any person who has held office as a judge of the Court of Appeal or of the High Court or as a Circuit judge ; or

(b)appoint to be an assistant Recorder, during such period or on such occasions as he thinks fit, any barrister or solicitor of at least ten years' standing.

(2)Except as provided by subsection (3) below, during the period or on the occasions for which a deputy Circuit judge or assistant Recorder is appointed under this section he shall be treated for all purposes as, and accordingly may perform any of the functions of, a Circuit judge or a Recorder, as the case may be.

(3)A deputy Circuit judge appointed under this section shall not be treated as a Circuit judge for the purpose of any provision made by or under any enactment and relating to the appointment, retirement, removal or disqualification of Circuit judges, the tenure of office and oaths to be taken by such judges, or the remuneration, allowances or pensions of such judges; and section 21 of this Act shall not apply to an assistant Recorder appointed under this section.

(4)Notwithstanding the expiry of any period for which a person is appointed under this section a deputy Circuit judge or an assistant Recorder, he may attend at the Crown Court or a county court or, as regards any official referees' business, at the High Court for the purpose of continuing to deal with, giving judgment in, or dealing with any ancillary matter relating to, any case which may have been begun before him when sitting as a deputy Circuit judge or an assistant Recorder, and for that purpose and for the purpose of any proceedings subsequent thereon he shall be treated as a Circuit judge or a Recorder, as the case may be.

(5)There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament to deputy Circuit judges and assistant Recorders appointed under this section such remuneration and allowances as the Lord Chancellor may, with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service, determine..

147Amendment of Solicitors Act 1974

In section 50 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (jurisdiction of Supreme Court over solicitors), after subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

(3)An appeal shall lie to the Court of Appeal from any order made against a solicitor by the High Court or the Crown Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction in respect of solicitors under subsection (2)..

148Amendment of Arbitration Act 1979

(1)The Arbitration Act 1979 shall be amended as follows.

(2)In section 1 (judicial review of arbitration awards), after subsection (6) there shall be inserted—

(6A)Unless the High Court gives leave, no appeal shall lie to the Court of Appeal from a decision of the High Court—

(a)to grant or refuse leave under subsection (3)(b) or (5)(b) above ; or

(b)to make or not to make an order under subsection (5) above..

(3)In section 2 (determination of preliminary point of law by court)—

(a)after subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

(2A)Unless the High Court gives leave, no appeal shall lie to the Court of Appeal from a decision of the High Court to entertain or not to entertain an application under subsection (1)(a) above.; and

(b)in subsection (3), for " this section" there shall be substituted

subsection (1) above.

(4)The amendments made by this section shall not have effect as regards decisions of the High Court pronounced before the commencement of this Act.

149Amendment of law relating to county courts

(1)The County Courts Act 1959 shall have effect subject to the amendments specified in Schedule 3.

(2)The following enactments relating to county courts shall cease to have effect—

(a)in the Administration of Justice Act 1956, section 56 (provisions as to Channel Islands, Isle of Man, colonies, protectorates etc.) so far as it relates to county courts ;

(b)in the County Courts Act 1959—

section 31 (misconduct of officers);

section 72 (1imitation of costs of action commenced in local court which could have been brought in county court);

section 79 (executors and administrators);

section 173 (accounts); section 194 (no roll of solicitors to be kept);

section 203 (validation of past acts of assistant registrars etc.);

sections 205(3) and (9) and 206 and Schedule 4 (transitional provisions); and

(c)in the Administration of Justice Act 1965—

section 15(3) (accounts);

section 22(1)(a) (executions issued by local courts).

(3)Sections 33 to 35 shall have effect in relation to county courts as they have effect in relation to the High Court, as if in those sections references to rules of court included references to county court rules.

Supplementary

150Admiralty jurisdiction: provisions as to Channel Islands, Isle of Man, colonies etc.

(1)Her Majesty may by Order in Council—

(a)direct that any of the provisions of sections 20 to 24 specified in the Order shall extend, with such exceptions, adaptations and modifications as may be so specified, to any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man; or

(b)make, for any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, provision for any purposes corresponding to the purposes of any of the provisions of those sections.

(2)Her Majesty may by Order in Council direct, either generally or in relation to particular courts or territories, that the Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act 1890 shall have effect as if for the reference in section 2(2) of that Act to the Admiralty jurisdiction of the High Court in England there were substituted a reference to the Admiralty jurisdiction of that court as defined by section 20 of this Act, subject, however to such adaptations and modifications of section 20 as may be specified in the Order,

(3)Her Majesty may by Order in Council direct that any of the provisions of sections 21 to 24 shall extend, with such exceptions, adaptations and modifications as may be specified in the Order, to any colony or to any country outside Her Majesty's dominions in which Her Majesty has jurisdiction in right of the government of the United Kingdom.

(4)Subsections (1) and (3) shall each have effect as if the provisions there mentioned included section 2(2) of the Hovercraft Act 1968 (application of the law relating to maritime liens in relation to hovercraft and property connected with them).

151Interpretation of this Act, and rules of construction for other Acts and documents

(1)In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • " action " means any civil proceedings commenced by writ or in any other manner prescribed by rules of court;

  • " appeal ", in the context of appeals to the civil division of the Court of Appeal, includes— (a) an application for a new trial, and

    (a)

    an application to set aside a verdict, finding or judgment in any cause or matter in the High Court which has been tried, or in which any issue has been tried, by a jury; " cause " means any action or any criminal proceedings;

  • " Division ", where it appears with a capital letter, means a division of the High Court;

  • " judgment" includes a decree;

  • " jurisdiction " includes powers;

  • " matter " means any proceedings in court not in a cause ;

  • " party", in relation to any proceedings, includes any person who pursuant to or by virtue of rules of court or any other statutory provision has been served with notice of, or has intervened in, those proceedings;

  • " prescribed " means—

    (a)

    except in relation to fees, prescribed by rules of court; and

    (b)

    in relation to fees, prescribed by an order under section 130;

  • "senior judge", where the reference is to the senior judge of a Division, means—

    (a)

    in the case of the Chancery Division, the Vice Chancellor ;

    (b)

    in any other case, the president of the Division in question;

  • " solicitor " means a solicitor of the Supreme Court;

  • " statutory provision" means any enactment, whenever passed, or any provision contained in subordinate legislation (as defined in section 21(1) of the Interpretation Act 1978), whenever made ;

  • " this or any other Act" includes an Act passed after this Act.

(2)Section 128 contains definitions of expressions used in Part V and in the other provisions of this Act relating to probate causes and matters.

(3)Any reference in this Act to rules of court under section 84 includes a reference to rules of court under any provision of this or any other Act which confers on the Supreme Court Rule Committee or the Crown Court Rule Committee power to make rules of court.

(4)Except where the context otherwise requires, in this or any other Act—

  • " Criminal Appeal Rules " means rules of court made by the Crown Court Rule Committee in relation to the criminal division of the Court of Appeal;

  • " Crown Court Rules " means rules of court made by the Crown Court Rule Committee in relation to the Crown Court;

  • " divisional court" (with or without capital letters) means a divisional court constituted under section 66 ; " judge of the Supreme Court" means—

    (a)

    a judge of the Court of Appeal other than an ex-officio judge within paragraph (b) or (c) of section 2(2), or

    (b)

    a judge of the High Court, and accordingly does not include, as such, a judge of the Crown Court;

  • "official referees' business" has the meaning given by section 68(6);

  • " Rules of the Supreme Court" means rules of court made by the Supreme Court Rule Committee.

(5)The provisions of Schedule 4 (construction of references to superseded courts and officers) shall have effect

152Amendments of other Acts, transitional provisions, savings and repeals

(1)The enactments specified in Schedule 5 shall have effect subject to the amendments there specified, being amendments consequential on the provisions of this Act.

(2)Until its repeal by this Act takes effect, section 9 of the Administration of Justice Act 1970 (constitution of the criminal division of the Court of Appeal) shall have effect as if the provisions which appear in this Act as subsections (3), (4), and (5) of section 55 were, as subsections (2), (2A) and (2B) respectively, substituted for subsection (2) of the said section 9 (with

courtin those subsections meaning a court of that division).

(3)This Act shall have effect subject to the transitional provisions and savings contained in Schedule 6.

(4)The enactments mentioned in Schedule 7 (which include certain obsolete or unnecessary provisions) are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

(5)The following instruments are hereby revoked—

(a)the District Probate Registries Order 1968 ;

(b)the Superannuation (Assistant Chancery Registrars) Order 1975; and

(c)any Order in Council amending subsection (1)(b) of section 1 of the Administration of Justice Act 1968 which was made under that section before the commencement of this Act.

153Citation, commencement and extent

(1)This Act may be cited as the Supreme Court Act 1981.

(2)This Act, except the provisions mentioned in subsection (3), shall come into force on 1st January 1982; and references to the commencement of this Act shall be construed as references to the beginning of that day.

(3)Sections 72, 143 and 152(2) and this section shall come into force on the passing of this Act.

(4)In this Act-(a) the following provisions extend to Scotland, namely—

section 80(3);

section 152(4) and Schedule 7, so far as they relate to the Admiralty Court Act 1861;

(b)the following provisions extend to Northern Ireland so far as they relate to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975, namely—

section 152(1) and Schedule 5 ;

section 152(3) and paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 6 ;

(c)the following provisions extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland, namely—

section 36;

sections 132 and 134(3);

section 152(1) and Schedule 5, so far as they amend—

(i)references to section 49 of the Supreme Court of Judicature (Consolidation) Act 1925.

(ii)the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975, and

(iii)section 4 of the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975;

section 152(3) and paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 6, so far as they relate to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 ;

section 152(4) and Schedule 7, so far as they relate to—

(i)provisions of the Supreme Court of Judicature (Consolidation) Act 1925 which extend throughout the United Kingdom,

(ii)the Evidence and Powers of Attorney Act 1940, and

(iii)section 57 (3) (a) of the Courts Act 1971 ;

(d)section 145 extends to any place to which the Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1968 extends, and section 152(1) and (4) and Schedules 5 and 7, so far as they relate to any of the following enactments, namely—

Army Act 1955,

Air Force Act 1955,

section 9(2) of, and Part II of Schedule 1 to, the Criminal Appeal Act 1966,

Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1968,

Hovercraft Act 1968,

section 13(1) of the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution) Act 1971,

section 6(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1974,

extend to any place to which that enactment extends ;

but, save as aforesaid, the provisions of this Act, other than those mentioned in subsection (5), extend to England and Wales only.

(5)The provisions of this Act whose extent is not restricted by subsection (4) are—

section 27;

section 150;

section 151(1);

section 152(4) and Schedule 7 as far as they relate to the Naval Prize Act 1864, the Prize Courts Act 1915 and section 56 of the Administration of Justice Act 1956;

this section;

paragraph 1 of Schedule 4.