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Licensing Act 1988

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14Modification of constitution and procedure of licensing justices.

(1)In section 2(3)(b) of the principal Act (number of transfer sessions to be held in any year), the words “nor more than eight” shall be omitted.

(2)The following section shall be inserted after section 192 of that Act—

192APower of justices at licensing sessions to act in divisions

(1)If a majority of the licensing justices present at a licensing sessions so resolve, they may for the purposes of that sessions constitute themselves into two or more divisions.

(2)A division constituted in accordance with this section may exercise all the powers exercisable by licensing justices under this Act and those powers shall be exercisable by a majority of the members present at a meeting of the division assembled for the purpose.

(3)The quorum of a division of justices constituted under this section shall be three.

but this amendment is not to invalidate any proceedings at licensing sessions before the commencement of this subsection at which the licensing justices sat in divisions.

(3)In Schedule 1 to that Act (licensing committees)—

(a)in paragraph 2 (number of justices constituting committee), for the word “fifteen” there shall be substituted the words “twenty or such larger number as is for the time being authorised under paragraph 2A below.”; and

(b)after that paragraph there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

2A. The Secretary of State may direct that such number greater than twenty as is specified in the direction shall be the maximum number of members of licensing committees and a direction under this paragraph may apply to the committees for licensing districts specified in the direction and, where it does so apply, may specify different numbers for the committees for different districts.

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