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Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

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103 Appeal sittings.S

(1)The High Court shall hold both during session and during vacation such sittings as are necessary for the disposal of appeals and other proceedings under this Part of this Act.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, for the purpose of hearing and determining any appeal or other proceeding under this Part of this Act three of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary shall be a quorum of the High Court, and the determination of any question under this Part of this Act by the court shall be according to the votes of the majority of the members of the court sitting, including the presiding judge, and each judge so sitting shall be entitled to pronounce a separate opinion.

(3)For the purpose of hearing and determining any appeal under section 106(1)(b) to (e) of this Act, or any proceeding connected therewith, two of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary shall be a quorum of the High Court, and each judge shall be entitled to pronounce a separate opinion; but where the two Lords Commissioners of Justiciary are unable to reach agreement on the disposal of the appeal, or where they consider it appropriate, the appeal shall be heard and determined in accordance with [F1subsection (2)] above.

(4)Subsections (1) [F2to (3)] above shall apply to cases certified to the High Court by a single judge of the said court and to appeals by way of advocation in like manner as they apply to appeals under this Part of this Act.

(5)The powers of the High Court under this Part of this Act—

(a)to extend the time within which intimation of intention to appeal and note of appeal may be given;

(b)to allow the appellant to be present at any proceedings in cases where he is not entitled to be present without leave; and

(c)to admit an appellant to bail,

may be exercised by any judge of the High Court, sitting and acting wherever convenient, in the same manner as they may be exercised by the High Court, and subject to the same provisions.

(6)Where a judge acting under subsection (5) above refuses an application by an appellant to exercise under that subsection any power in his favour, the appellant shall be entitled to have the application determined by the High Court.

[F3(6A)Where a judge acting under subsection (5)(c) above grants an application by an appellant to exercise that power in his favour, the prosecutor shall be entitled to have the application determined by the High Court.]

F3(7)Subject to subsection (5) [F4, (6) and (6A)]F4 above and without prejudice to it, preliminary and interlocutory proceedings incidental to any appeal or application may be disposed of by a single judge.

(8)In all proceedings before a judge under section (5) above, and in all preliminary and interlocutory proceedings and applications except such as are heard before the full court, the parties may be represented and appear by a solicitor alone.

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F1Words in s. 103(3) substituted (1.8.1997) by 1997 c. 48, s. 62(1), Sch. 1 para. 21(13)(a); S.I. 1997/1712, art. 3, Sch. (subject to arts. 4, 5)

F2Words in s. 103(4) substituted (1.8.1997) by 1997 c. 48, s. 62(1), Sch. 1 para. 21(13)(b); S.I. 1997/1712, art. 3, Sch. (subject to arts. 4, 5)

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