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Human Rights Act 1998

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18Appointment to European Court of Human Rights

(1)In this section “judicial office” means the office of—

(a)Lord Justice of Appeal, Justice of the High Court or Circuit judge, in England and Wales;

(b)judge of the Court of Session or sheriff, in Scotland;

(c)Lord Justice of Appeal, judge of the High Court or county court judge, in Northern Ireland.

(2)The holder of a judicial office may become a judge of the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) without being required to relinquish his office.

(3)But he is not required to perform the duties of his judicial office while he is a judge of the Court.

(4)In respect of any period during which he is a judge of the Court—

(a)a Lord Justice of Appeal or Justice of the High Court is not to count as a judge of the relevant court for the purposes of section 2(1) or 4(1) of the [1981 c. 54.] Supreme Court Act 1981 (maximum number of judges) nor as a judge of the Supreme Court for the purposes of section 12(1) to (6) of that Act (salaries etc.);

(b)a judge of the Court of Session is not to count as a judge of that court for the purposes of section 1(1) of the [1988 c. 36.] Court of Session Act 1988 (maximum number of judges) or of section 9(1)(c) of the [1973 c. 15.] Administration of Justice Act 1973 (“the 1973 Act”) (salaries etc.);

(c)a Lord Justice of Appeal or judge of the High Court in Northern Ireland is not to count as a judge of the relevant court for the purposes of section 2(1) or 3(1) of the [1978 c. 23.] Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (maximum number of judges) nor as a judge of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland for the purposes of section 9(1)(d) of the 1973 Act (salaries etc.);

(d)a Circuit judge is not to count as such for the purposes of section 18 of the [1971 c. 23.] Courts Act 1971 (salaries etc.);

(e)a sheriff is not to count as such for the purposes of section 14 of the [1907 c. 51.] Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907 (salaries etc.);

(f)a county court judge of Northern Ireland is not to count as such for the purposes of section 106 of the [1959 c. 25 (N.I.).] County Courts Act Northern Ireland) 1959 (salaries etc.).

(5)If a sheriff principal is appointed a judge of the Court, section 11(1) of the [1971 c. 58.] Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (temporary appointment of sheriff principal) applies, while he holds that appointment, as if his office is vacant.

(6)Schedule 4 makes provision about judicial pensions in relation to the holder of a judicial office who serves as a judge of the Court.

(7)The Lord Chancellor or the Secretary of State may by order make such transitional provision (including, in particular, provision for a temporary increase in the maximum number of judges) as he considers appropriate in relation to any holder of a judicial office who has completed his service as a judge of the Court.

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