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  • Act applied by 1996 c. 46 Sch. 2 para. 9(replacing1968 c 20 s. 23) (Act applied (prosp.) by 1968 c. 20, s. 23(4) (as substituted (prosp.) by 1996 c. 46, ss. 8, 36(2), Sch. 2, para. 9 which said amending provision was repealed (31.3.2005) by Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (c. 28), ss. 58(2), 60, Sch. 11; S.I. 2005/579, art. 3(h)(i)(ix)))
  • Act applied by 1996 c. 46 Sch. 2 para. 4(replacing1957 c 53 s. 63) (Act applied (prosp.) by 1957 c. 53, s. 63C(6) (as substituted (prosp.) by 1996 c. 46, ss. 8, 36(2), Sch. 2, para. 4 which said amending provision was repealed (31.3.2005) by Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (c. 28), ss. 58(2), 60, Sch. 11; S.I. 2005/579, art. 3(h)(i)(ix)))
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139 Protection for acts done in pursuance of this Act.E+W

(1)No person shall be liable, whether on the ground of want of jurisdiction or on any other ground, to any civil or criminal proceedings to which he would have been liable apart from this section in respect of any act purporting to be done in pursuance of this Act or any regulations or rules made under this Act, F1. . . , unless the act was done in bad faith or without reasonable care.

(2)No civil proceedings shall be brought against any person in any court in respect of any such act without the leave of the High Court; and no criminal proceedings shall be brought against any person in any court in respect of any such act except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(3)This section does not apply to proceedings for an offence under this Act, being proceedings which, under any other provision of this Act, can be instituted only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(4)This section does not apply to proceedings against the Secretary of State or against [F2 the National Health Service Commissioning Board, a clinical commissioning group,] a F3... [F4Local Health Board] [F5or Special Health Authority] F6... [F7or against a National Health Service trust established under [F8the National Health Service Act 2006 or the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006]] [F9or NHS foundation trust] [F10or against the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland] [F11or against a person who has functions under this Act by virtue of section 12ZA in so far as the proceedings relate to the exercise of those functions].

(5)In relation to Northern Ireland the reference in this section to the Director of Public Prosecutions shall be construed as a reference to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

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E1This version of this provision extends to England and Wales only; a separate version has been created for Scotland and Northern Ireland only

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F4Words in s. 139(4) substituted (1.4.2007) by The References to Health Authorities Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/961), art. 3, Sch. para. 13(11)

F11Words in s. 139(4) inserted (1.4.2013) by Health and Social Care Act 2012 (c. 7), ss. 38(3), 306(4); S.I. 2013/160, art. 2(2) (with arts. 7-9)

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139 Protection for acts done in pursuance of this Act.S+N.I.

(1)No person shall be liable, whether on the ground of want of jurisdiction or on any other ground, to any civil or criminal proceedings to which he would have been liable apart from this section in respect of any act purporting to be done in pursuance of this Act or any regulations or rules made under this Act, F1. . . unless the act was done in bad faith or without reasonable care.

(2)No civil proceedings shall be brought against any person in any court in respect of any such act without the leave of the High Court; and no criminal proceedings shall be brought against any person in any court in respect of any such act except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(3)This section does not apply to proceedings for an offence under this Act, being proceedings which, under any other provision of this Act, can be instituted only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(4)This section does not apply to proceedings against the Secretary of State or against [F2 the National Health Service Commissioning Board, a clinical commissioning group,] a F3... [F4 Local Health Board] [F5or Special Health Authority] [F12or against a National Health Service trust established under [F13the National Health Service Act 2006 or the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006]][F14or NHS foundation trust] [F10or against the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland] [F11or against a person who has functions under this Act by virtue of section 12ZA in so far as the proceedings relate to the exercise of those functions].

(5)In relation to Northern Ireland the reference in this section to the Director of Public Prosecutions shall be construed as a reference to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

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E2For extent of s. 139 to Northern Ireland and of s. 139(1) to Scotland see ss. 146, 147

E3This version of this provision extends to Scotland and Northern Ireland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales only

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F4Words in s. 139(4) substituted (1.4.2007) by The References to Health Authorities Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/961), art. 3, Sch. para. 13(11)

F11Words in s. 139(4) inserted (1.4.2013) by Health and Social Care Act 2012 (c. 7), ss. 38(3), 306(4); S.I. 2013/160, art. 2(2) (with arts. 7-9)

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