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(1)The Lord Chancellor may make provision by regulations for and in connection with the appointment of adjudicators for the purposes of this Part.
(2)The following provisions apply in relation to the office of adjudicator—
(a)to be qualified for appointment as an adjudicator, a person must have a 5-year general qualification (within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41));
(b)an adjudicator is appointed for a term, not exceeding five years, specified in his instrument of appointment;
(c)on the expiry of a term of appointment an adjudicator is eligible for re-appointment;
(d)an adjudicator may be removed from office only for misconduct or on the ground that he is unable or unfit to discharge his functions, but otherwise holds and vacates office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.
(3)The regulations shall provide—
(a)for adjudicators to be appointed by the relevant enforcement authorities on such terms as those authorities may decide, and
(b)for the consent of the Lord Chancellor to be required for any decision by those authorities—
(i)to appoint a person as an adjudicator,
(ii)not to re-appoint a person as an adjudicator, or
(iii)to remove a person from his office as adjudicator.
(4)The relevant enforcement authorities shall—
(a)provide, or make arrangements for the provision of, accommodation and administrative staff and facilities for adjudicators, and
(b)determine the places where adjudicators are to sit,
and shall defray all the expenses of the adjudication process and, in particular, expenses in relation to the remuneration of adjudicators.
(5)The regulations shall provide—
(a)for each adjudicator to make an annual report to the relevant enforcement authorities in accordance with such requirements as may be imposed by those authorities, and
(b)for those authorities to make and publish an annual report to the appropriate national authority on the discharge by the adjudicators of their functions.
(6)In this section “ ” means the authorities who are enforcement authorities for the purposes of this Part in relation to road traffic contraventions (of any description).
(7)The regulations may provide for the functions of the relevant enforcement authorities under this section—
(a)to be discharged separately for Greater London, England (outside Greater London) and Wales;
(b)to be discharged by means of arrangements under section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70) (arrangements for discharge of functions by local authorities) or in such other way as the regulations may provide.
(8)The regulations may make provision—
(a)for treating adjudicators appointed before the commencement of this Part under section 73 of the Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40), or under regulations made under section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 (c. 38), as if they had been appointed under this section;
(b)for continuing in force for the purposes of this section any arrangements in force immediately before the commencement of this Part for the discharge of functions corresponding to the functions of relevant enforcement authorities under this section.
(9)The expenses of the relevant enforcement authorities under this section shall be defrayed by them in such proportions—
(a)as they may decide, or
(b)in default of a decision by them, as may be determined in accordance with regulations made—
(i)by the Secretary of State, or
(ii)if the functions of those authorities are discharged separately for Wales, by the appropriate national authority.
(10)Regulations under subsection (9)(b) may, in particular, provide—
(a)for the matter to be determined by an arbitrator appointed by a body specified in the regulations, and
(b)for the giving of directions by the Secretary of State or, as the case may be, the appropriate national authority in order to secure that the matter is referred to arbitration.
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