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Health and Social Care Act 2008

Section 103: Legal assessors

323.Under section 103 the OHPA must appoint or arrange for the appointment of legal assessors to give advice on points of law to the OHPA’s panels. To be eligible for appointment such assessors must meet the requirements set out in rules made by the OHPA. Rules made by the OHPA must set out the required qualifications, and may make further provision about the functions of legal assessors. The OHPA may pay such fees, allowances and expenses as it deems appropriate to these legal assessors. A legal assessor may be appointed either generally or for particular proceedings or a particular class of proceedings. Rules under this section may also provide that a panel is not to have a legal assessor, where the chair of the panel is legally qualified.

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