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Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

Royal Arms and Flags

Section 66: Display of the Royal Arms at courts

134.This section prohibits the display of Royal Coat of Arms within courtrooms (subsection (1)), with the exception of existing Coats of Arms at courtrooms listed at subsection (2). Royal Arms will continue to be displayed on the exterior of existing court-houses where they are already displayed (subsection (3)). Subsection (4) defines an “existing court-house” as a court-house which has been in use before this section is commenced.

Section 67: Flying of flags at court-houses

135.Section 67 ensures that the flying of the Union flag at court-houses will continue to be in line with flag flying practice at other government buildings. The Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000 (S.I.2000/1347 (N.I. 31) enables the Secretary of State to make regulations about the flying of flags at government buildings; it defines government buildings as those wholly or mainly occupied by members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. The associated Regulations list both the designated days and the specified government buildings at which the Union flag shall be flown. This section adds court-houses to the buildings about which regulations can be made under the Flags Order and provides that the Flags Regulations also apply in relation to court-houses.

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