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Courts Act 2003

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107Interpretation

(1)In this Act—

  • “the 1933 Act” means the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c. 12);

  • “the 1968 Act” means the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (c. 19);

  • “the 1978 Act” means the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23);

  • “the 1980 Act” means the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c. 43);

  • “the 1981 Act” means the Supreme Court Act 1981 (c. 54);

  • “the 1990 Act” means the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41);

  • “the 1997 Act” means the Civil Procedure Act 1997 (c. 12).

(2)In this Act the following have the meaning given by section 71 of the 1990 Act—

  • “5 year magistrates' court qualification”;

  • “7 year general qualification”;

  • “Supreme Court qualification”.

(3)In this Act “criminal court” has the meaning given by section 68.

(4)In this Act “judge”, except where the context otherwise requires, means a person holding an office listed in subsection (2) of section 64 (power to alter judicial titles).

(5)In this Act “lay justice” has the meaning given by section 9.

(6)In this Act “Magistrates' Courts Rule Committee” means the committee appointed by the Lord Chancellor under section 144 of the 1980 Act.

(7)In this Act “Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975 (c. 26).

(8)In this Act “enactment” includes subordinate legislation and, except where otherwise provided, any reference to an enactment is to an enactment whenever passed or made; and “subordinate legislation” here has the same meaning as in the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30).

(9)In sections 102(6) and 109(5)(b) “enactment” also includes Northern Ireland legislation (whenever passed or made); and “Northern Ireland legislation” here has the same meaning as in the Interpretation Act 1978.

108Rules, regulations and orders

(1)Any power of the Lord Chancellor to make rules, regulations or orders under this Act is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)None of the orders and regulations mentioned in subsection (3) may be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the order or regulations has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(3)The orders and regulations are—

(a)the first order to be made under section 4 (areas of courts boards);

(b)regulations under section 34(5) (costs in legal proceedings);

(c)an order under—

(i)section 73 or 80 (powers to amend enactments in connection with Criminal Procedure Rules and Family Procedure Rules), or

(ii)section 109 (power to make consequential provision etc.),

which contains any provision (whether alone or with other provisions) amending or repealing any Act or provision of an Act;

(d)an order under section 97(7) to (9) (power to make permanent provision about collection of fines and discharge of fines by unpaid work);

(e)regulations under Schedule 1;

(f)regulations under Schedule 6 relating to the prescribed hourly sum.

(4)A statutory instrument containing—

(a)the first order to be made under section 8 (local justice areas), or

(b)regulations under section 40 (payments, accounting and banking by designated officers),

is to be laid before Parliament after being made.

(5)Any other statutory instrument, apart from one containing an order under section 110 (commencement), is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(6)Any power of the Lord Chancellor to make rules, regulations or orders under this Act includes power to make—

(a)any supplementary, incidental or consequential provision, and

(b)any transitory, transitional or saving provision,

which he considers necessary or expedient.

(7)Nothing in this section applies to—

(a)rules made under Part 7 (Criminal Procedure and Family Procedure Rules), or

(b)an order made under section 102 (power to alter judicial titles: Northern Ireland).

109Minor and consequential amendments, repeals, etc.

(1)Schedule 8 contains minor and consequential amendments.

(2)Schedule 9 contains transitional provisions and savings.

(3)Schedule 10 contains repeals.

(4)The Lord Chancellor may by order make—

(a)any supplementary, incidental or consequential provision, and

(b)any transitory, transitional or saving provision,

which he considers necessary or expedient for the purposes of, in consequence of, or for giving full effect to any provision of this Act.

(5)An order under subsection (4) may, in particular—

(a)provide for any provision of this Act which comes into force before another such provision has come into force to have effect, until that other provision has come into force, with such modifications as are specified in the order, and

(b)amend, repeal or revoke any enactment other than one contained in an Act passed in a Session after that in which this Act is passed.

(6)The amendments that may be made under subsection (5)(b) are in addition to those made by or under any other provision of this Act.

110Commencement

(1)Subject to subsection (2), this Act comes into force in accordance with provision made by order by the Lord Chancellor.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to section 42, 94, 107, 108, 109(4) to (6), this section or section 111 or 112.

(3)An order under this section may appoint different days for different provisions and different purposes.

111Extent

(1)Subject to subsections (2) and (3), this Act extends only to England and Wales.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to section 59(3), 90, 91, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 or 109.

(3)Subject to any provision made in Schedule 8, the amendments and repeals made by Schedules 4, 8 and 10 have the same extent as the enactments to which they relate.

112Short title

This Act may be cited as the Courts Act 2003.

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