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Flexibility in deployment of judicial resourcesE+W

65District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) as Crown Court judges etc.E+W

(1)In section 8(1) of the 1981 Act (persons who are judges of the Crown Court), in paragraph (b) for “or Recorder” substitute “ , Recorder or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) ”.

(2)Schedule 4 contains amendments conferring functions on District Judges (Magistrates' Courts).

(3)References in any enactment, instrument or other document to a district judge or deputy district judge do not include—

(a)a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts), or

(b)a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Courts).

66Judges having powers of District Judges (Magistrates' Courts)E+W

(1)Every holder of a judicial office specified in subsection (2) has the powers of a justice of the peace who is a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) in relation to—

(a)criminal causes and matters, and

(b)family proceedings as defined by section 65 of the 1980 Act.

(2)The offices are—

(a)judge of the High Court;

(b)deputy judge of the High Court;

(c)Circuit judge;

(d)deputy Circuit judge;

(e)recorder.

(3)For the purposes of section 45 of the 1933 Act, every holder of a judicial office specified in subsection (2) is qualified to sit as a member of a youth court.

(4)For the purposes of section 67 of the 1980 Act—

(a)a judge of the High Court or a deputy judge of the High Court is qualified to sit as a member of a family proceedings court to hear family proceedings of any description, and

(b)a Circuit judge, deputy Circuit judge or recorder is qualified to sit as a member of a family proceedings court to hear family proceedings of any description if he has been nominated to do so by the President of the Family Division.

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Commencement Information

I1S. 66 partly in force; s. 66 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 110(1)(2); s. 66(1)(a)(2)(3) in force at 26.1.2004 by S.I. 2003/3345, art. 2(a)(iv)

67Removal of restriction on Circuit judges sitting on certain appealsE+W

Section 56A of the 1981 Act (Circuit judges not to sit on certain appeals) ceases to have effect.

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