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179 Stated case: adjustment and signature.S

(1)Subject to section 181(1) of this Act, within three weeks of the issue of the draft stated case under section 178 of this Act, each party shall cause to be transmitted to the court and to the other parties or their solicitors a note of any adjustments he proposes be made to the draft case or shall intimate that he has no such proposal.

(2)The adjustments mentioned in subsection (1) above shall relate to evidence heard or purported to have been heard at the trial and not to such F1. . . evidence as is mentioned in section 175(5) of this Act.

(3)Subject to section 181(1) of this Act, if the period mentioned in subsection (1) above has expired and the appellant has not lodged adjustments and has failed to intimate that he has no adjustments to propose, he shall be deemed to have abandoned his appeal; and subsection (5) of section 177 of this Act shall apply accordingly.

(4)If adjustments are proposed under subsection (1) above or if the judge desires to make any alterations to the draft case there shall, within one week of the expiry of the period mentioned in that subsection or as the case may be of any further period afforded under section 181(1) of this Act, be a hearing (unless the appellant has, or has been deemed to have, abandoned his appeal) for the purpose of considering such adjustments or alterations.

(5)Where a party neither attends nor secures that he is represented at a hearing under subsection (4) above, the hearing shall nevertheless proceed.

(6)Where at a hearing under subsection (4) above—

(a)any adjustment proposed under subsection (1) above by a party (and not withdrawn) is rejected by the judge; or

(b)any alteration proposed by the judge is not accepted by all the parties,

that fact shall be recorded in the minute of the proceedings of the hearing.

(7)Within two weeks of the date of the hearing under subsection (4) above or, where there is no hearing, within two weeks of the expiry of the period mentioned in subsection (1) above, the judge shall (unless the appellant has been deemed to have abandoned the appeal) state and sign the case and shall append to the case—

(a)any adjustment, proposed under subsection (1) above, which is rejected by him, a note of any evidence rejected by him which is alleged to support that adjustment and the reasons for his rejection of that adjustment and evidence; and

(b)a note of the evidence upon which he bases any finding of fact challenged, on the basis that it is unsupported by the evidence, by a party at the hearing under subsection (4) above.

(8)As soon as the case is signed under subsection (7) above the clerk of court—

(a)shall send the case to the appellant or his solicitor and a duplicate thereof to the respondent or his solicitor; and

[F2(b)shall transmit a certified copy of the complaint, the minute of proceedings and any other relevant documents to the [F3Clerk of the Sheriff Appeal Court].]

(9)Subject to section 181(1) of this Act, within one week of receiving the case the appellant or his solicitor, as the case may be, shall cause it to be lodged with the [F4Clerk of the Sheriff Appeal Court].

(10)Subject to section 181(1) of this Act, if the appellant or his solicitor fails to comply with subsection (9) above the appellant shall be deemed to have abandoned the appeal; and subsection (5) of section 177 of this Act shall apply accordingly.

[F5(11)In relation to a draft stated case under section 178 of this Act relating to an appeal by virtue of section 11(7) of the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 16)—

(a)the reference in subsection (1) to the court is to be construed as a reference to the court by which the appellant was convicted; and

(b)the references in this section to the judge are to be construed as references to the judge who presided at the trial resulting in that conviction.]

Textual Amendments

F1Word in s. 179(2) repealed (1.8.1997) by 1997 c. 48, s. 62(1)(2), Sch. 1 para. 21(20), Sch. 3; S.I. 1997/1712, art. 3, Sch. (subject to arts. 4, 5)

F2S. 179(8)(b) substituted (8.4.2009) by Act of Adjournal (Amendment of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995) (Appeals by Stated Case) 2009 (S.S.I. 2009/108), {rule 2}

F3Words in s. 179(8)(b) substituted (22.9.2015) by Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 18), s. 138(2), sch. 3 para. 8; S.S.I. 2015/247, art. 2, sch. (with art. 6)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 179(8) excluded by 2006 asp 10, s. 96A(5) (as inserted (22.9.2015) by The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Provisions No. 2) Order 2015 (S.S.I. 2015/338), art. 1, sch. 2 para. 9(6) (with art. 4))

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