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Part IU.K. Preliminary

1U.K.In this Schedule “devolution issue” means—

(a)a question whether an Act of the Scottish Parliament or any provision of an Act of the Scottish Parliament is within the legislative competence of the Parliament,

(b)a question whether any function (being a function which any person has purported, or is proposing, to exercise) is a function of the Scottish Ministers, the First Minister or the Lord Advocate,

(c)a question whether the purported or proposed exercise of a function by a member of the Scottish Executive is, or would be, within devolved competence,

(d)a question whether a purported or proposed exercise of a function by a member of the Scottish Executive is, or would be, incompatible with any of the Convention rights or with [F1EU] law,

(e)a question whether a failure to act by a member of the Scottish Executive is incompatible with any of the Convention rights or with [F1EU] law,

(f)any other question about whether a function is exercisable within devolved competence or in or as regards Scotland and any other question arising by virtue of this Act about reserved matters.

[F2But a question arising in criminal proceedings in Scotland that would, apart from this paragraph, be a devolution issue is not a devolution issue if (however formulated) it relates to the compatibility with any of the Convention rights or with EU law of

(a)an Act of the Scottish Parliament or any provision of an Act of the Scottish Parliament,

(b)a function,

(c)the purported or proposed exercise of a function,

(d)a failure to act.]

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F2Words in Sch. 6 para. 1 inserted (22.4.2013) by Scotland Act 2012 (c. 11), ss. 36(4), 44(5); S.I. 2013/6, art. 2(c)

2U.K.A devolution issue shall not be taken to arise in any proceedings merely because of any contention of a party to the proceedings which appears to the court or tribunal before which the proceedings take place to be frivolous or vexatious.

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