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Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

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Lord Chief Justice

12Role of Lord Chief Justice

(1)The Lord Chief Justice is president of—

(a)the Court of Appeal,

(b)the High Court,

(c)the Crown Court,

(d)the county courts, and

(e)the magistrates' courts,

and head of the judges and magistrates who sit in them.

(2)Schedule 5 transfers to the Lord Chief Justice certain functions of the Lord Chancellor in relation to the operation of the courts.

(3)The Lord Chancellor may by order make amendments in any enactment or instrument (whenever passed or made) for, or in connection with, the transfer of other functions of his to the Lord Chief Justice.

13Presiding county court judge

(1)After section 102 of the County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 (c. 25 (N.I.)) insert—

102APresiding judge

(1)The Lord Chief Justice must appoint one of the judges to be the Presiding judge with responsibility for the county courts and the other judges and the deputy judges.

(2)The person appointed as Presiding judge holds that office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

(3)If the office of Presiding judge becomes vacant, the Lord Chief Justice may appoint a judge to act as Presiding judge, pending a new appointment.

(2)The Lord Chief Justice may delegate any of his functions relating to county courts to the Presiding county court judge.

14Presiding resident magistrate

(1)The Lord Chief Justice must appoint one of the resident magistrates to be the Presiding resident magistrate with responsibility for the magistrates' courts, the other resident magistrates and the deputy resident magistrates.

(2)The person appointed as Presiding resident magistrate holds that office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

(3)If the office of Presiding resident magistrate becomes vacant, the Lord Chief Justice may appoint a resident magistrate to act as Presiding resident magistrate, pending a new appointment.

(4)The Lord Chief Justice may delegate any of his functions relating to magistrates' courts to the Presiding resident magistrate.

15Presiding lay magistrate

(1)The Lord Chief Justice must appoint one of the lay magistrates to be the Presiding lay magistrate with responsibility for the other lay magistrates.

(2)The person appointed as Presiding lay magistrate holds that office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

(3)If the office of Presiding lay magistrate becomes vacant, the Lord Chief Justice may appoint a lay magistrate to act as Presiding lay magistrate, pending a new appointment.

16Complaints about holders of judicial office

(1)The Lord Chief Justice must prepare a code of practice relating to the handling of complaints against any person who holds a protected judicial office.

(2)The code must include provision for any complaints appearing to the Lord Chief Justice—

(a)to involve a serious allegation of misbehaviour or inability to perform the functions of an office, and

(b)to have a reasonable prospect of being substantiated,

to be referred to a tribunal for it to provide advice about any steps which should be taken to deal with the complaint.

(3)The Lord Chief Justice may from time to time prepare a new code or make alterations to a code.

(4)The Lord Chief Justice must publish each code prepared by him and any alterations which he makes to a code (or the code as altered).

17Secretaries to Lord Chief Justice

(1)In Schedule 3 to the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23) (qualification for appointment to statutory offices), omit the entries relating to the Principal Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice and the Legal Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice.

(2)In section 53(2) of that Act (secretary to Crown Court Rules Committee), for the words from “secretary to” to “such secretary” substitute “joint secretaries to the Crown Court Rules Committee shall be the Principal Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice and a person designated by the Lord Chancellor; and whichever of them is nominated by the Lord Chancellor”.

(3)In section 54(5) of that Act (joint secretaries to Supreme Court Rules Committee), for the words from “such persons” to the end substitute “the Principal Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice and a person designated by the Lord Chancellor.”

(4)In paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Family Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/1576 (N.I. 6)) (joint secretaries to Northern Ireland Family Proceedings Rules Committee), for the words from “such persons” to the end substitute “the Principal Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice and a person designated by the Lord Chancellor.”

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