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Children (Scotland) Act 1995

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40Qualification and employment of reporters

(1)The qualifications of a reporter shall be such as the Secretary of State may prescribe.

(2)A reporter shall not, without the consent of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, be employed by a local authority.

(3)The Secretary of State may make regulations in relation to the functions of any reporter under this Act and the [1975 c. 21.] Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975.

(4)The Secretary of State and the Lord Advocate may—

(a)by regulations empower a reporter, whether or not he is an advocate or solicitor, to conduct before a sheriff any proceedings which under this Chapter or Chapter 3 of this Part of this Act are heard by the sheriff;

(b)prescribe such requirements as they think fit as to qualifications, training or experience necessary for a reporter to be so empowered.

(5)In this section, “reporter” means—

(a)the Principal Reporter; or

(b)any officer of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration to whom there is delegated, under section 131(1) of the [1994 c. 39.] Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, any of the functions which the Principal Reporter has under this or any other enactment.

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