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SCHEDULES

Section 1

SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I.Northern Ireland department with policing and justice functions

Part 1 E+W+S+N.I.Preliminary

1In this Schedule “the 1998 Act” means the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47).E+W+S+N.I.

2For the purposes of paragraph 22 of Schedule 2 to the 1998 Act, treat this Schedule as being contained in Part 3 of the 1998 Act.E+W+S+N.I.

Part 2 E+W+S+N.I.Amendments to the 1998 Act relating to departmental model for policing and justice functions

3(1)Amend section 21A of the 1998 Act as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsections (1) and (6) after “(3)” insert “ , (3A) ”.

(3)After subsection (3) insert—

(3A)The Act may provide for the department to be in the charge of a Northern Ireland Minister appointed by virtue of a nomination—

(a)made by one or more members of the Assembly, and

(b)approved by a resolution of the Assembly passed with the support of a majority of the members voting on the motion for the resolution, a majority of the designated Nationalists voting and a majority of the designated Unionists voting.

4(1)Amend Schedule 4A to the 1998 Act as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)At the end of the heading for Part 1 insert “ by virtue of section 21A(3) ”.

(3)After Part 1 insert—

Part 1A E+W+S+N.I.Department in the charge of Minister approved by resolution of the Assembly by virtue of section 21A(3A)

3AIntroduction

(1)This Part of this Schedule has effect in relation to a Northern Ireland department—

(a)the functions of which consist wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions, and

(b)in relation to which an Act of the Assembly provides, by virtue of section 21A(3A), for it to be in the charge of a Northern Ireland Minister (the “relevant Minister”) appointed by virtue of a nomination—

(i)made by one or more members of the Assembly, and

(ii)approved by a resolution of the Assembly passed with the support of a majority of the members voting on the motion for the resolution, a majority of the designated Nationalists voting and a majority of the designated Unionists voting.

(2)In this paragraph “devolved policing and justice function” has the same meaning as in section 21A (see subsection (8) of that section).

3BModification of section 16A

(1)Section 16A(3) shall have effect with the following modifications.

(2)It shall have effect as if in paragraph (b) after “Ministers” there were inserted “ (other than the relevant Ministerial office (within the meaning of Part 1A of Schedule 4A)) ”.

(3)It shall have effect as if after paragraph (b) there were inserted ; and

(c)once the offices to be filled under paragraphs (a) and (b) have been filled, the relevant Ministerial office (within the meaning of Part 1A of Schedule 4A) shall be filled by applying paragraph 3D(4) to (8) of that Schedule.

3CSection 18 not to apply to relevant Minister

3CSection 18 (Northern Ireland Ministers) shall not apply in relation to—

(a)the relevant Minister, or

(b)the Ministerial office held by the relevant Minister (the “relevant Ministerial office”),

and paragraph 3D shall apply instead.

3DProvisions relating to relevant Minister

(1)Where any of the following conditions is satisfied—

(a)the relevant Minister shall (if holding office at the time) cease to hold office, and

(b)the relevant Ministerial office shall be filled by applying sub-paragraphs (4) to (8) within a period specified in standing orders.

(2)The conditions are—

(a)a determination under section 17(1) takes effect;

(b)a resolution which causes the relevant Ministerial office to become vacant is passed under section 30(2);

(c)a direction which causes the relevant Ministerial office to become vacant is given under section 30A(5);

(d)a period of exclusion under section 30(2) or 30A(5) comes to an end (otherwise than by virtue of section 95A(6) or (7));

(e)such other circumstances obtain as may be specified in standing orders for the purposes of section 18(1)(e) but only so far as standing orders provide for those circumstances to be applicable for the purposes of this sub-paragraph.

(3)If relevant, the relevant Ministerial office shall be filled by applying sub-paragraphs (4) to (8) after section 18(2) to (6) is applied in relation to the other Ministerial offices.

(4)One or more members of the Assembly may nominate another member of the Assembly to hold the relevant Ministerial office.

(5)The nomination shall not take effect unless it is approved by a resolution of the Assembly passed with the support of—

(a)a majority of the members voting on the motion for the resolution,

(b)a majority of the designated Nationalists voting, and

(c)a majority of the designated Unionists voting.

(6)Once one member has been nominated, no further nominations may be made unless and until sub-paragraph (7) applies.

(7)If—

(a)the nomination does not take effect within a period specified in standing orders, or

(b)the nominated person does not take up the office for which the person has been nominated within that period,

a further nomination of a member of the Assembly may be made under sub-paragraph (4).

(8)Sub-paragraphs (4) to (7) shall be applied as many times as may be necessary to secure that the relevant Ministerial office is filled.

(9)The holding of office as First Minister or deputy First Minister shall not prevent a person being nominated to hold the relevant Ministerial office.

(10)The relevant Minister shall not take up office until the Minister has affirmed the terms of the pledge of office.

(11)The relevant Minister shall cease to hold office if—

(a)the Minister resigns by notice in writing to the First Minister and the deputy First Minister,

(b)the Minister ceases to be a member of the Assembly otherwise than by virtue of a dissolution, or

(c)the Assembly resolves that the Minister is to cease to hold office.

(12)A resolution for the purposes of sub-paragraph (11)(c) must be passed with the support of—

(a)a majority of the members voting on the motion for the resolution,

(b)a majority of the designated Nationalists voting, and

(c)a majority of the designated Unionists voting.

(13)A motion for a resolution for the purposes of sub-paragraph (11)(c) shall not be moved unless—

(a)it is supported by at least 30 members of the Assembly, or

(b)it is moved by the First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly.

(14)If the relevant Minister ceases to hold office at any time, otherwise than by virtue of sub-paragraph (1), the relevant Ministerial office shall be filled by applying sub-paragraphs (4) to (8) within a period specified in standing orders.

(15)Where—

(a)the Assembly has resolved under section 30(2) that a political party does not enjoy its confidence, and

(b)the party's period of exclusion under that provision has not come to an end,

no member of that party may be nominated under sub-paragraph (4).

(16)Where—

(a)the Secretary of State has given a direction under section 30A(5) in respect of a political party, and

(b)the party's period of exclusion under that provision has not come to an end,

no member of that party may be nominated under sub-paragraph (4).

(17)In this paragraph, a reference to a period of exclusion under any provision is, in the case of a period of exclusion under that provision which has been extended, a reference to that period as extended.

(4)In paragraph 12(1) after “21A(3),” insert “ (3A), ”.

(5)After paragraph 12 insert—

13Paragraphs 3(10), 3D(14), 7(10), 11(10) and (11) and 11E(10) of this Schedule shall have effect subject to paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 12A (as those paragraphs are modified at any time by virtue of paragraph 12 of this Schedule).

Part 3 E+W+S+N.I.Special provision applying to first policing and justice department

ApplicationE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)Paragraphs 6 to 8 apply in relation to the first Northern Ireland department established by an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly the purpose of which is to exercise functions consisting wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions (as defined in section 21A(8) of the 1998 Act).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)But—

(a)they apply only if that Act of the Assembly makes provision of the kind mentioned in section 21A(3A) of the 1998 Act (“the initial ministerial provision”), and

(b)they are not to apply at all if an Order in Council has been made under section 21A(7C) of the 1998 Act.

Section 18(1)(b) of the 1998 Act not to apply on establishment of departmentE+W+S+N.I.

6Section 18(1)(b) of the 1998 Act does not apply to the determination under section 17(1) of the 1998 Act required by virtue of section 17(2) in relation to the establishment of the department.E+W+S+N.I.

Filling of Ministerial office after electionE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)This paragraph applies before 1 May 2012.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For the purposes of section 16A(3) of the 1998 Act the relevant Ministerial office (within the meaning of Part 1A of Schedule 4A to the 1998 Act) may be filled after the end of the period mentioned.

(3)Accordingly—

(a)section 16A(8) of the 1998 Act does not apply to a person taking up office as the relevant Minister (within the meaning of Part 1A of Schedule 4A to the 1998 Act), and

(b)section 32(3)(a) of the 1998 Act applies as if the reference to the Ministerial offices to be held by Northern Ireland Ministers excluded the relevant Ministerial office.

Dissolution of department etcE+W+S+N.I.

8(1)The department dissolves on 1 May 2012 unless, before 1 May 2012—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the Assembly resolves that the department is to continue operating from 1 May 2012, or

(b)a second Act of the Assembly (“the second Act”) makes provision authorised by sub-paragraph (3).

(2)A resolution for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(a) must be passed with cross-community support (as defined in section 4(5) of the 1998 Act).

(3)The second Act may provide that the department is to continue operating from 1 May 2012.

(4)The second Act may repeal the initial ministerial provision with effect from a specified date.

(5)If the second Act repeals the initial ministerial provision, it may also—

(a)replace the initial ministerial provision with provision of the kind mentioned in section 21A(3), (4), (5) or (5A) of the 1998 Act with effect from the specified date (and the relevant provisions of Schedule 4A to the 1998 Act apply), or

(b)provide for the department to be in the charge of the First Minister and the deputy First Minister acting jointly with effect from the specified date (and section 21(3)(a) and (b) of the 1998 Act apply);

and if no provision is made within paragraph (a) or (b), the Ministerial office of the Minister in charge of the department is to be filled under section 18 of the 1998 Act.

(6)If the second Act repeals the initial ministerial provision, a determination under section 17(1) of the 1998 Act must be made on the specified date.

(7)That determination takes effect immediately (and, accordingly, section 17(5) of the 1998 Act does not apply in relation to it).

(8)If the second Act replaces the initial ministerial provision with provision of the kind mentioned in section 21A(5A) of the 1998 Act, paragraph 11E(1) of Schedule 4A to the 1998 Act applies as if devolved policing and justice functions were first transferred to, or conferred on, the department when the determination required by sub-paragraph (6) takes effect in accordance with sub-paragraph (7).

(9)Nothing in this paragraph stops an Act of the Assembly dissolving the department at any time.

Amendments to sections 21B and 21C of the 1998 ActE+W+S+N.I.

9In section 21B(1)(a) of the 1998 Act for “and to make” to “21A(5A)” substitute “ the purpose of which is to exercise functions consisting wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions but only if the Act makes provision of the kind mentioned in section 21A(5A) (other than by virtue of paragraph 8(5) of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 2009) ”.E+W+S+N.I.

10In section 21C(1) of the 1998 Act—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)for “a new Northern Ireland department” substitute “ the first Northern Ireland department the purpose of which is to exercise functions consisting wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions (as defined in section 21A(8)) ”;

(b)in paragraph (a) after “21A(5A)” insert “ (other than by virtue of paragraph 8(5) of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 2009) ”.

Prospective

Section 2

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I.Sections 12 to 12C of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978

Appointment of the Lord Chief Justice and Lords Justices of AppealE+W+S+N.I.

12(1)Whenever the office of Lord Chief Justice is vacant, Her Majesty may appoint a qualified person to that office by letters patent under the Great Seal of Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Her Majesty may, from time to time, appoint a qualified person as a Lord Justice of Appeal by letters patent under the Great Seal of Northern Ireland (but subject to the limit on numbers for the time being imposed by section 3).

(3)Her Majesty's powers of appointment under this section are exercisable on the Prime Minister's recommendation.

(4)The Prime Minister must make a recommendation to fill any vacancy in the office of Lord Chief Justice or Lord Justice of Appeal.

(5)Subsection (4) does not apply to a vacancy in the office of Lord Justice of Appeal while the Lord Chief Justice agrees that it may remain unfilled.

(6)Before making a recommendation, the Prime Minister must consult—

(a)the Lord Chief Justice or, if that office is vacant or the Lord Chief Justice is not available, the senior Lord Justice of Appeal who is available, and

(b)the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.

Appointment of judges of the High CourtE+W+S+N.I.

12AHer Majesty may, from time to time, appoint a qualified person as a judge of the High Court by letters patent under the Great Seal of Northern Ireland (but subject to the limit on numbers for the time being imposed by section 2).E+W+S+N.I.

Tenure of office: Lord Chief JusticeE+W+S+N.I.

12B(1)The Lord Chief Justice holds office during good behaviour (subject to section 26 of, and Schedule 7 to, the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Her Majesty may, on an address of both Houses of Parliament, remove a person (“P”) from office as Lord Chief Justice.

(3)A motion for such an address may be made—

(a)in the House of Commons, only by the Prime Minister;

(b)in the House of Lords, only by the Lord Chancellor or, if the Lord Chancellor is not a member of that House, only by another Minister of the Crown at the Lord Chancellor's request.

(4)No motion is to be made for the purposes of subsection (3) unless—

(a)the Prime Minister has, after consulting the Lord Chancellor, convened a tribunal as set out below, and

(b)the tribunal has reported to the Prime Minister recommending that P be removed from the office on the ground of misbehaviour.

(5)No motion is to be made in the House of Commons for the purposes of subsection (3) unless the Prime Minister has laid a copy of the tribunal's report before that House.

(6)No motion is to be made in the House of Lords for the purposes of subsection (3) unless the person making it has laid a copy of the tribunal's report before that House.

(7)If the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor are considering the making of motions for the purposes of subsection (3), the Prime Minister may suspend P from the office.

(8)If P is suspended, P may not carry out any functions of the office (but P's other rights as holder of the office are unaffected).

(9)A tribunal is to consist of—

(a)a person who holds high judicial office (within the meaning of Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) and who does not hold (and has never held) the office of Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice of Appeal or judge of the High Court,

(b)a person who is or has been a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales or the Inner House of the Court of Session, and

(c)a lay member of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (see section 3(5)(c) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(10)The persons within subsection (9)(a) and (b) are to be selected by the Lord Chancellor after consulting—

(a)the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,

(b)the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and

(c)the Lord President of the Court of Session;

(or, where an office is vacant or an office holder is not available, some other appropriate person).

(11)The person within subsection (9)(c) is to be selected by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman.

(12)The person within subsection (9)(a) is to be the chair of the tribunal.

(13)The tribunal's procedure is to be determined by the chair.

(14)The justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) may pay a member of a tribunal any such allowances or fees as it may determine.

(15)Before the coming into force of section 23 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, in subsection (10)(a) the reference to the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is to be read as a reference to the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Tenure of office: Lords Justices of Appeal and certain High Court judgesE+W+S+N.I.

12C(1)Lords Justices of Appeal and judges of the High Court hold office during good behaviour (subject to section 26 of, and Schedule 7 to, the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Her Majesty may, on an address of both Houses of Parliament, remove a person (“P”) from office as Lord Justice of Appeal or judge of the High Court.

(3)A motion for such an address may be made—

(a)in the House of Commons, only by the Prime Minister;

(b)in the House of Lords, only by the Lord Chancellor or, if the Lord Chancellor is not a member of that House, only by another Minister of the Crown at the Lord Chancellor's request.

(4)No motion is to be made for the purposes of subsection (3) unless—

(a)the Lord Chief Justice or the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman has, after consulting the other, convened a tribunal as set out below,

(b)the tribunal has reported to the Lord Chief Justice recommending that P be removed from the office on the ground of misbehaviour, and

(c)the following has occurred—

(i)the Lord Chief Justice has advised the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor to accept the tribunal's recommendation, or

(ii)if the Lord Chief Justice does not so advise, the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor have consulted the Lord Chief Justice about the recommendation.

(5)No motion is to be made in the House of Commons for the purposes of subsection (3) unless the Prime Minister has laid a copy of the tribunal's report before that House.

(6)No motion is to be made in the House of Lords for the purposes of subsection (3) unless the person making it has laid a copy of the tribunal's report before that House.

(7)If the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor are considering the making of motions for the purposes of subsection (3), the Prime Minister may, with the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice, suspend P from the office.

(8)If P is suspended, P may not carry out any functions of the office (but P's other rights as holder of the office are unaffected).

(9)A tribunal is to consist of—

(a)a person who holds high judicial office (within the meaning of Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) and who does not hold (and has never held) the office of Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice of Appeal or judge of the High Court,

(b)a person who is or has been a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales or the Inner House of the Court of Session, and

(c)a lay member of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (see section 3(5)(c) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(10)The persons within subsection (9)(a) and (b) are to be selected by the Lord Chief Justice after consulting—

(a)the Lord Chancellor,

(b)the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,

(c)the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and

(d)the Lord President of the Court of Session;

(or, where an office is vacant or an office holder is not available, some other appropriate person).

(11)The person within subsection (9)(c) is to be selected by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman.

(12)The person within subsection (9)(a) is to be the chair of the tribunal.

(13)The tribunal's procedure is to be determined by the Lord Chief Justice.

(14)If the tribunal recommends as mentioned in subsection (4)(b), the Lord Chief Justice must send the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor—

(a)a copy of the tribunal's report,

(b)any comments that the Lord Chief Justice wishes to make on the report, and

(c)any comments that the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman wishes to make on the report.

(15)The justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) may pay a member of a tribunal any such allowances or fees as it may determine.

(16)Nothing in subsections (1) to (15) applies to a judge of the High Court appointed after the coming into force of section 7 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (as to the removal and suspension of whom see that section).

(17)Before the coming into force of section 23 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, in subsection (10)(b) the reference to the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is to be read as a reference to the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Prospective

Section 2

SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I.Amendments to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

1(1)Amend section 2 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Omit subsection (1)(a).

(3)In subsection (5) before the definition of “listed judicial office” insert—

the justice department” means the Northern Ireland department which for the time being meets the following conditions—

(a)it is established by an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and

(b)its purpose is to exercise functions consisting wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions (as defined in section 21A(8) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998),.

2Omit section 4.E+W+S+N.I.

3For section 5 substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

5Appointment to listed judicial offices

Schedule 3 (which is about the making of appointments to listed judicial offices) has effect.

4In section 5A(1) for “section 5” substitute “ Schedule 3 ”.E+W+S+N.I.

5Omit section 6.E+W+S+N.I.

6(1)Amend section 7 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (2) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister, acting jointly” substitute “ Lord Chief Justice ”.

(3)In subsection (3) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister” substitute “ Lord Chief Justice ”.

(4)In subsection (4) for “them” substitute “ the Lord Chief Justice ”.

(5)Omit subsection (5).

(6)After subsection (6) insert—

(6A)If the Lord Chief Justice does not remove or suspend a person (“P”) in accordance with a recommendation as mentioned in subsection (3) or (4), the Lord Chief Justice must notify the following of the Lord Chief Justice's reasons for not removing or suspending P—

(a)P;

(b)the tribunal;

(c)if the tribunal was convened by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman, the Ombudsman.

(7)In subsection (7)—

(a)for “(6)” substitute “ (6A) ”;

(b)for “section 12B” substitute “ section 12C ”;

(c)omit “(inserted by section 6 of this Act)”.

7For section 8 substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

8Tribunals for considering removal

(1)A tribunal to consider the removal of the holder of a listed judicial office may be convened—

(a)by the Lord Chief Justice after consulting the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman, or

(b)by the Ombudsman after consulting the Lord Chief Justice.

(2)A tribunal is to consist of—

(a)a Lord Justice of Appeal or a judge of the High Court,

(b)a person who holds an office within section 3(6)(a) to (e), and

(c)a lay member of the Commission (see section 3(5)(c)).

(3)The persons within subsection (2)(a) and (b) are to be selected by the Lord Chief Justice and the person within subsection (2)(c) is to be selected by the Ombudsman.

(4)Unless the Commission otherwise agrees, the persons within subsection (2)(a) and (b) must be judicial members of the Commission (see section 3(5)(a)).

(5)The person within subsection (2)(a) is to be the chair of the tribunal.

(6)The tribunal's procedure is to be determined by the Lord Chief Justice.

(7)The justice department may pay a member of a tribunal any such allowances or fees as it may determine.

8(1)Amend section 9B as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (3) omit “or the Northern Ireland Court Service”.

(3)In subsection (4) after “Part” insert “ or paragraph 2A of Schedule 11 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 ”.

9Omit section 9G.E+W+S+N.I.

10In section 9H omit “or 9G”.E+W+S+N.I.

11(1)Amend section 9I(2) as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph (a) for “section 12, 12A and 12B” substitute “ sections 12 to 12C ”.

(3)In paragraph (b) omit “5,”.

(4)After paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)Schedule 3 to this Act and paragraph 2A of Schedule 11 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998;.

12In section 88 before “ “listed judicial office”” insert “the justice department”, ”.E+W+S+N.I.

13For Schedule 3 substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I.Appointment to listed judicial offices

Part 1 E+W+S+N.I.Appointments by Her Majesty

ApplicationE+W+S+N.I.

1This Part of this Schedule applies to a listed judicial office to which persons are appointed by Her Majesty; and “listed judicial office” is to be read accordingly.

ProcessE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)Her Majesty's power to appoint a person to a listed judicial office is exercisable on the Lord Chancellor's recommendation.

(2)The Lord Chancellor's power to recommend a person for appointment to a listed judicial office is exercisable only (and must be exercised) as follows.

(3)The Commission is responsible for the selection of persons for recommendation for appointment to listed judicial offices (including, for deciding the timing of any selection or selection process).

(4)When the Commission selects a person under sub-paragraph (3) it must notify the Lord Chancellor.

(5)The Lord Chancellor must, as soon as reasonably practicable, recommend the selected person for appointment to the office in question.

(6)The Commission must (in particular) exercise its power under sub-paragraph (3) to ensure that any vacancy in a listed judicial office is filled.

(7)Sub-paragraph (6) does not apply to a vacancy while the Lord Chief Justice agrees that it may remain unfilled.

Part 2 E+W+S+N.I.Appointments by the Commission

ApplicationE+W+S+N.I.

3This Part of this Schedule applies to a listed judicial office to which persons are appointed by the Commission; and “listed judicial office” is to be read accordingly.

ProcessE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)The Commission is responsible for the selection of persons for appointment to listed judicial offices (including, for deciding the timing of any selection or selection process).

(2)When the Commission selects a person under sub-paragraph (1) it must appoint the person to the office in question.

(3)The Commission must (in particular) exercise its power under sub-paragraph (1) to ensure that any vacancy in a listed judicial office is filled.

(4)Sub-paragraph (3) does not apply to a vacancy while the Lord Chief Justice agrees that it may remain unfilled.

Part 3 E+W+S+N.I.Maximum numbers

5(1)This Part of this Schedule applies to a listed judicial office—

(a)to which Part 1 or 2 of this Schedule applies, and

(b)which (apart from this Part of this Schedule) may be held by more than one person at any time.

(2)The Commission must, with the agreement of the justice department, determine the maximum number of persons who may hold the office at any time.

(3)The Commission may from time to time, with the agreement of the justice department, revise the determination.

(4)A determination (or any revision) does not affect any appointments that have already been made.

Part 4 E+W+S+N.I.General provision about selections

6(1)The selection under this Schedule of a person to be appointed, or recommended for appointment, to a listed judicial office must be made solely on the basis of merit.

(2)Subject to that, the Commission must at all times engage in a programme of action which complies with sub-paragraph (3).

(3)A programme of action complies with this sub-paragraph if—

(a)it is designed to secure, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, that appointments to listed judicial offices are such that those holding such offices are reflective of the community in Northern Ireland,

(b)it requires the Commission, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, to secure that a range of persons reflective of the community in Northern Ireland is available for consideration by the Commission whenever it is selecting a person to be appointed, or recommended for appointment, to a listed judicial office, and

(c)it is for the time being approved by the Commission for the purposes of this Schedule.

14After paragraph 12(2) of Schedule 3A insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(3)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to the Ombudsman's functions under section 7 or 8 of this Act or section 12B or 12C of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978.

Section 2

SCHEDULE 4E+W+S+N.I.Transfer of appointment and related functions

Prospective

Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (c. 39)E+W+S+N.I.

1(1)Amend the Schedule as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraphs 2(1)(c) and 2B(2)(c) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After paragraph 2(3B) insert—

(3C)For an appointment under sub-paragraph (1)(c), the terms mentioned in sub-paragraph (2A) are to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Coroners Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 (c. 15 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

2(1)Amend section 2 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For subsection (1) substitute—

(1)The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission may appoint one, or more than one, coroner and deputy coroner for a district or districts on such conditions as to remuneration, superannuation or otherwise as the Lord Chancellor may determine after consultation with the Treasury.

(3)In subsection (1A) for “also” to “of” substitute “ be consulted before a determination (or a revision of a determination) is made under Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 in relation to ”.

Prospective

County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 (c. 25 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

3(1)Amend section 107 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (1) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After subsection (1) insert—

(1A)The term for which a person is appointed as a deputy judge is to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(4)In subsection (2) after “appointed” insert “ as determined under subsection (1A) ”.

(5)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)Subject to subsection (4), the Commission may, with the agreement of a deputy judge and the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002), from time to time extend, for such period as it thinks appropriate, the term for which the deputy judge is appointed.

Prospective

Magistrates' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (c. 21 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

4For section 10(1) substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission may appoint fit and proper persons, being persons who are eligible for appointment as district judges (magistrates' courts), to act as deputy district judges (magistrates' courts)—

(a)during such period or periods as the Commission, with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002), may direct, and

(b)subject to such conditions as the Lord Chancellor may impose.

5For section 12A(2) substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Allowances under this section shall be paid by the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) at rates determined by that department with the consent of the Department of Finance and Personnel.

Prospective

Lands Tribunal and Compensation Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (c. 29 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

6(1)Amend section 1 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (2)—

(a)after “determine” insert “ with the agreement of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”;

(b)for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Commission ”.

(3)After subsection (3) insert—

(4)Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 does not apply in relation to members of the Lands Tribunal.

7(1)Amend section 3 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (1) for “Governor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)In subsection (2)—

(a)for “is satisfied” substitute “ determines, with the agreement of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, ”;

(b)for “Governor” substitute “ Commission ”.

(4)After subsection (5) insert—

(6)Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 does not apply in relation to temporary members.

Prospective

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (c. 38)E+W+S+N.I.

8In the Table in paragraph 21 of Schedule 3 at the end of the modification for paragraph 1 insert “ and for any reference to the Lord Chancellor there shall be substituted a reference to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (S.I. 1977/2157 (N.I. 28))E+W+S+N.I.

9(1)Amend Schedule 9B as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Omit paragraph 1(2).

(3)In paragraph 2(2) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(4)After paragraph 3(1) insert—

(1A)The terms mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) are to be determined by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(5)In paragraph 3(2) for “Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister” substitute “ Commission ”.

(6)In paragraph 3(3) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly authorise” substitute “ Commission, with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002), authorises ”.

(7)For paragraph 4 substitute—

4The justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) may pay to the members of the Tribunal such remuneration and allowances as that department may determine.

Prospective

Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23)E+W+S+N.I.

10(1)Amend section 2 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (3) for “Her Majesty may by Order in Council” substitute “ The justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) may, with the agreement of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, by order ”.

(3)For subsection (4) substitute—

(4)Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 does not apply in relation to puisne judges.

11In section 3(4) for “Her Majesty may by Order in Council” substitute “ The justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) may, with the agreement of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, by order ”.E+W+S+N.I.

12For section 7(3) substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

(3)The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission may appoint a person qualified for appointment as a judge of the High Court to sit and act as a judge of the High Court as a temporary measure in order to facilitate the disposal of business in the High Court or the Crown Court.

13After section 8(1) insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(1A)For this purpose, an appointment under section 7(3) is to be made for—

(a)a particular case or cases determined by the Lord Chief Justice or a person within section 7(5)(a) or (b) nominated by the Lord Chief Justice to make determinations under this paragraph, or

(b)a period specified by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

14In section 14(1) for “the Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Her Majesty ”.E+W+S+N.I.

15(1)Amend section 70 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For subsection (1) substitute—

(1)Appointments to the offices listed in column 1 of Schedule 3 shall be made by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice; and persons holding such offices are in this Act referred to as “statutory officers”.

(1A)The Lord Chief Justice must be consulted before a determination (or a revision of a determination) is made under Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 in relation to statutory officers.

(1B)The terms and conditions of service for statutory officers are to be determined by the Lord Chancellor with the concurrence of the Treasury.

(3)In subsection (3)—

(a)for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Commission ”;

(b)for “he” (in both places where it appears) substitute “ it ”.

(4)In subsection (5) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(5)In subsection (6) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ justice department ”.

16(1)Amend section 74 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For subsection (1) substitute—

(1)In order to facilitate the disposal of business, the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission may, after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, appoint a suitably qualified person—

(a)to act as a deputy for any statutory officer, or

(b)to act as a temporary additional statutory officer,

during such period or on such occasions as the Commission determines with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(1A)The justice department must consult the Lord Chief Justice before giving its agreement to a period or occasion under subsection (1).

(1B)The Lord Chief Justice must be consulted before a determination (or a revision of a determination) is made under Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 in relation to deputies for statutory officers or temporary additional statutory officers.

(3)In subsection (3) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Lord Chief Justice ”.

17In section 103(3)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”;

(b)for “so appointed” substitute “ of the peace ”.

18(1)Amend section 119 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (1) after “Lord Chancellor” insert “ or the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(3)In subsection (2) for “68(3)” substitute “ 2(3), 3(4), 68(3), 70(5) ”.

(4)After subsection (2) insert—

(2A)Any statutory rule made under section 2(3) or 3(4) is subject to affirmative resolution (within the meaning of section 41(4) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954).

(2B)Any statutory rule made under section 70(5) is subject to negative resolution (within the meaning of section 41(6) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954).

(5)In subsection (3) omit“2(3), 3(4),”.

Prospective

Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985 (c. 17)E+W+S+N.I.

19In paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 2 for “Lord Chancellor”, where it appears second, substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/595 (N.I. 4))E+W+S+N.I.

20(1)Amend Schedule 3 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph 1(a) and (c)—

(a)for “Lord Chancellor”, where it appears first, substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”;

(b)for “Lord Chancellor”, where it appears second, substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(3)In paragraphs 1(b), 2 and 3 for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(4)In paragraph 2 make the existing text sub-paragraph (1) and after that insert—

(2)The terms mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) are to be determined by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 (S.I. 1987/2203 (N.I. 22))E+W+S+N.I.

21In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

Child Support Act 1991 (c. 48)E+W+S+N.I.

22In section 23(1) for the words from “such number” to the end substitute “ other Child Support Commissioners for Northern Ireland ”.E+W+S+N.I.

23For paragraph 4(1) and (2) of Schedule 4 substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission may appoint persons to act as Child Support Commissioners for Northern Ireland (but to be known as deputy Child Support Commissioners for Northern Ireland) in order to facilitate the disposal of the business of Child Support Commissioners for Northern Ireland.

(2)A deputy Child Support Commissioner for Northern Ireland shall be appointed—

(a)from among persons who are barristers or solicitors of not less than the number of years' standing specified in section 23(2), and

(b)subject to sub-paragraph (2A), for such period or on such occasions as the Commission determines with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8)E+W+S+N.I.

24(1)Amend section 50 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (1) for the words from “such number” to the end substitute “ other Social Security Commissioners ”.

(3)In subsection (2)—

(a)for the words from the beginning to “appoint” substitute “ In order to facilitate the disposal of the business of Social Security Commissioners, the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission may appoint ”;

(b)for “Lord Chancellor thinks fit” substitute “ Commission determines with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

Prospective

Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992 (c. 53)E+W+S+N.I.

25After section 6(8) insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(8A)In relation to a Reinstatement Committee mentioned in paragraph 38(a) of Schedule 1 which sits in Northern Ireland—

(a)in subsections (1) and (2) the references to the Lord Chancellor are to be read as references to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, and

(b)the terms mentioned in subsection (2) are to be determined by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/274 (N.I. 1))E+W+S+N.I.

26(1)Amend Article 22 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraphs (2)(a) and (b) and (4)(b) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)In paragraph (3)(a) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(4)In paragraph (5) omit “person or” in both places where it appears.

(5)After paragraph (5) insert—

(5A)For an appointment under paragraph (2)(b), the conditions mentioned in paragraph (5) are to be determined with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Plant Varieties Act 1997 (c. 66)E+W+S+N.I.

27(1)Amend Schedule 3 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph 4(1) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After paragraph 5(1) insert—

(1A)For an appointment under paragraph 4 above, the term mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) above is to be determined with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(4)In paragraph 16, in paragraph (c) of the definition of “appointing authority”, for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

Prospective

Deregulation (Model Appeal Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997 (S.R. 1997/269)E+W+S+N.I.

28(1)Amend the Schedule as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In rule 6(2) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After rule 6(3) insert—

(3A)The period and the terms mentioned in paragraph (3) are to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1506 (N.I. 10))E+W+S+N.I.

29In Article 6(1) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

30(1)Amend Article 7 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraphs (1), (2) and (4) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)In paragraph (3) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(4)In paragraph (4) for “numbers” to “appointments,” substitute “ terms and conditions of appointments to the panel ”.

31After paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 1 insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(1A)Those terms are to be determined by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/3162 (N.I. 21))E+W+S+N.I.

32In Article 82(1), (3) and (6) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26)E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

33(1)Amend section 9 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (1) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Commission ”.

(3)In subsections (2)(a), (3), (4) and (5) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ justice department ”.

(4)For subsection (11) substitute—

(11)The justice department must pay to lay magistrates any such allowances as it may determine.

Prospective

34(1)Amend section 90 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (1)(c) after “deputy First Minister” insert “ or the justice department ”.

(3)After subsection (1) insert—

(1A)An order containing provision made by virtue of section 9(4) shall be subject to affirmative resolution (within the meaning of section 41(4) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954).

(4)In subsection (4) omit “9(4),”.

35(1)Amend Schedules 1 and 6 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)After the entry relating to the Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal insert— “ Deputy appointed under paragraph 6(1) of Schedule 3 to the Plant Varieties Act 1997 for the purpose of proceedings brought before the Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal in Northern Ireland ”.

(3)At the end insert— “ President or other member of the Charity Tribunal for Northern Ireland Adjudicator appointed under Article 7(1)(b) of the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 Chairman appointed under Article 7(2)(b) of the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 Adjudicator appointed under Article 29 of the Traffic Management (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 ”.

(4)In Schedule 1, after the entries inserted by sub-paragraph (3), insert— “ Chairman of an Appeal Tribunal for the purposes of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 ”.

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Commencement Information

I1Sch. 4 para. 35 partly in force; Sch. 4 para. 35 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 5; Sch. 4 para. 35(1)(3) in force for certain purposes at 26.9.2009 by S.I. 2009/2466, art. 2(b)

Prospective

36Omit paragraphs 14 and 17(2) of Schedule 4.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

37Omit paragraph 13 of Schedule 12.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

38In Schedule 13 omit—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the repeal of words in section 10(1) of the Magistrates' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (c. 21 (N.I.));

(b)the repeal of words in section 90(4) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26).

Prospective

Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/796 (N.I. 1))E+W+S+N.I.

39(1)Amend Article 7 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraphs (1)(b) and (2)(b) for “Secretary of State” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)In paragraph (3) after “by the Secretary of State” insert “ or the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(4)In paragraph (3)(a) for “Secretary of State considers appropriate” substitute “ person making the appointment determines ”.

(5)After paragraph (3) insert—

(3A)For an appointment by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, the terms and conditions mentioned in paragraph (3)(a) are to be determined with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(6)Omit paragraph (6).

40In Article 13(2) for “Article 7(6)” substitute “ section 7 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/431 (N.I. 9))E+W+S+N.I.

41(1)Amend Schedule 2 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph 1(2)(a) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister” substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(3)In paragraph 2(1) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(4)After paragraph 3(1) insert—

(1A)For a member of the chairmen's panel, the terms mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) are to be determined by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(5)In paragraph 3(2) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister” substitute “ Commission ”.

(6)Omit paragraph 7 and the heading immediately before it.

Prospective

Traffic Management (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/1964 (N.I. 14))E+W+S+N.I.

42(1)Amend Article 29 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph (1) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After paragraph (4) insert—

(4A)The term mentioned in paragraph (3) and the terms mentioned in paragraph (4) are to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(4)In paragraph (5) for “Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister” substitute “ Commission ”.

(5)Omit paragraph (6).

(6)In paragraph (7) for “paragraph (6)” substitute “ section 7 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 ”.

(7)Omit paragraph (8).

Prospective

Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. 2005/150)E+W+S+N.I.

43In regulation 2(1), in the definitions of “President” and “Vice-President”, for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

44(1)Amend regulation 4 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraphs (1)(a) and (2) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After paragraph (2) insert—

(2A)For a member of the panel of chairmen, the terms mentioned in paragraph (2) are to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. 2005/151)E+W+S+N.I.

45In regulation 2(1), in the definitions of “President” and “Vice-President”, for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

46(1)Amend regulation 5 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph (2) for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)After paragraph (2) insert—

(2A)The terms mentioned in paragraph (2) are to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

Prospective

Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 12 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

47(1)Amend Schedule 2 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph 1(2) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(3)In paragraph 1(4) for “First Minister and deputy First Minister acting jointly” substitute “ justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) ”.

(4)After paragraph 3(1) insert—

(1A)The terms mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) are to be determined by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission with the agreement of the justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002).

(5)In paragraph 3(2) for “Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister” substitute “ Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ”.

(6)For paragraph 5 substitute—

5The justice department (within the meaning of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002) may pay to the members of the Tribunal such remuneration and other allowances as that department may determine.

(7)Omit paragraph 11 and the heading immediately before it.

Prospective

Section 2

SCHEDULE 5E+W+S+N.I.Consequential amendments and transitional provision

Part 1 E+W+S+N.I.Consequential amendments

County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 (c. 25 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

1For section 102(1) substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Her Majesty may appoint a qualified person to be a judge.

2For section 134 substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

134Evidence of health

Before selecting any person for recommendation for appointment as a county court judge, the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission must take steps to satisfy itself that that person's health is satisfactory.

Magistrates' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (c. 21 (N.I.))E+W+S+N.I.

3In section 9(1) omit “, on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor,”.E+W+S+N.I.

Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47)E+W+S+N.I.

4After paragraph 2 of Schedule 11 insert—E+W+S+N.I.

2A(1)The Lord Chancellor may only appoint persons to the Tribunal who have been selected by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission as follows.

(2)The Lord Chancellor may at any time by notice require the Commission to select a person for appointment.

(3)The Commission must then select a person for appointment and notify the Lord Chancellor accordingly.

(4)The Lord Chancellor must then appoint the selected person.

(5)Section 5A of, and Part 4 of Schedule 3 to, the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 apply for the purposes of selections under this paragraph as they apply for the purposes of selections under that Schedule.

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 (c. 4)E+W+S+N.I.

5Omit sections 3 to 5 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 1.E+W+S+N.I.

Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4)E+W+S+N.I.

6(1)Amend Schedule 5 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In paragraph 115(2) omit“8(7),”.

(3)Omit paragraphs 116 and 123.

7(1)Amend paragraph 4 of Schedule 7 as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Omit the entries for the following—

(a)section 102(1) of the County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 (c. 25 (N.I.));

(b)sections 9(1) and 12A(2) of the Magistrates' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (c. 21 (N.I.));

(c)sections 1(2) and 3(1) and (2) of the Lands Tribunal and Compensation Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (c. 29 (N.I.));

(d)sections 12, 12B, 70(1), (3), (5) and (6) and 103(3) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23);

(e)paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Schedule 3 to the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/595 (N.I. 4));

(f)Article 22(2)(a) and (b) and (4)(b) of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/274 (N.I. 1));

(g)Articles 6(1) and 7(1) and (4) of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1506 (N.I. 10));

(h)Article 82(1), (3) and (6) of the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/3162 (N.I. 21));

(i)sections 5(3), (4), (5), (6) and (7) and 9(1) and (11) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26);

(j)paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 2 to the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/431 (N.I. 9)).

(3)In the entries relating to the County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 (c. 25 (N.I.)) for “107(1), (3) and (7)” substitute “ 107(7) ”.

(4)In the entries relating to the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978—

(a)at the appropriate places insert “ Sections 12B and 12C ” and “ Section 70(1B) ”;

(b)for “74(1), (3) and (5)” substitute “ 74(5) ”.

(5)In the entries relating to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47) after “2(1) and (3),” insert “ 2A, ”.

(6)In the entries relating to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) at the appropriate place insert “ Schedule 3, Part 1 ”.

8Omit paragraphs 36 to 39 of Schedule 17.E+W+S+N.I.

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 33)E+W+S+N.I.

9Omit section 28.E+W+S+N.I.

Part 2 E+W+S+N.I.Transitional provision

10(1)This paragraph applies if—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)before the coming into force of this paragraph the Prime Minister has selected a person for recommendation for appointment to the office of Lord Chief Justice or Lord Justice of Appeal under section 12 of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23), but

(b)when this paragraph comes into force the person has not been appointed.

(2)Section 12 of the 1978 Act applies in relation to the appointment of the person, ignoring its substitution by this Act.

11(1)This paragraph applies if before the coming into force of this paragraph a tribunal is convened under section 135 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4) in relation to a matter (“the relevant matter”) for the purposes of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)section 134 of that Act, or

(b)section 12B of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978.

(2)In a case covered by sub-paragraph (1)(a), for the purpose of dealing with the relevant matter sections 134 and 135 of the 2005 Act continue to apply, ignoring their repeal by the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.

(3)In a case covered by sub-paragraph (1)(b), for the purpose of dealing with the relevant matter section 135 of the 2005 Act and section 12B of the 1978 Act continue to apply, ignoring—

(a)the repeal of section 135 by the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002, and

(b)the substitution of section 12B by this Act.

12(1)This paragraph applies if—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)before the coming into force of this paragraph a notice under section 5(3) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 is given requiring the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission to select a person for appointment, or recommendation for appointment, to a listed judicial office (“the relevant requirement”), and

(b)at the time this paragraph comes into force, no appointment has been made.

(2)Section 5 of the 2002 Act, and any other relevant provision made by or under an Act or Northern Ireland legislation, continues to apply in relation to the relevant requirement as it applied immediately before the coming into force of this paragraph and, accordingly, the appointment is to be made as it would have been made immediately before the coming into force of this paragraph.

13Paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 3 to this Act has no effect in relation to maladministration alleged to have occurred before the coming into force of paragraph 8(2) (whether or not a complaint is made before then).E+W+S+N.I.

14Despite its repeal by paragraph 9 of Schedule 3 to this Act, section 9G of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) continues to apply in relation to any matter arising before the coming into force of paragraph 9 (whether or not the matter is referred to the Ombudsman before then) and section 9H of the 2002 Act continues to apply accordingly, ignoring paragraph 10 of Schedule 3 to this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

15In section 9I(2) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (as amended by paragraph 11 of Schedule 3 to this Act)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)in paragraph (a) the reference to sections 12 to 12C of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23) is to be read as including a reference to sections 12 and 12B of the 1978 Act before their substitution by this Act (including as applied by paragraph 10 or 11 of this Schedule);

(b)in paragraph (ba) the reference to Schedule 3 to the 2002 Act is to be read as including a reference to section 5 of the 2002 Act before its substitution by this Act (including as applied by paragraph 12 of this Schedule).

16(1)This paragraph applies in relation to a function which, by virtue of Schedule 4 to this Act, is transferred from one person (“A”) to another person (“B”).E+W+S+N.I.

This includes cases where a function is exercisable by B with the agreement of a third person (and references below to B are to be read accordingly as necessary or appropriate).

(2)Anything done by, on behalf of or in relation to A in relation to the function has effect as if done by, on behalf of or in relation to B, so far as necessary or appropriate for continuing its effect after the transfer.

(3)Anything (including legal proceedings) which, immediately before the transfer, is in the process of being done by, on behalf of or in relation to A in relation to the function may be continued by, on behalf of or in relation to B.

(4)So far as necessary or appropriate in consequence of the transfer or sub-paragraph (2) or (3) above, in any provision made by or under an Act or Northern Ireland legislation or in any instrument, agreement or other document a reference to A is to be treated as a reference to, or as including a reference to, B.

(5)In sub-paragraphs (2) to (4) above, references to A include references to any person who had the function before A.

(6)This paragraph is subject to paragraph 12 of this Schedule.

Prospective

Section 2

SCHEDULE 6E+W+S+N.I.Review of arrangements for judicial appointments and removals etc

1After section 29B of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47) insert—E+W+S+N.I.

29CReview of functions relating to judicial appointments and removals

Standing orders shall require one of the committees established by virtue of section 29 or the committee established by virtue of section 29A—

(a)to review the operation of the amendments made by Schedules 2 to 5 to the Northern Ireland Act 2009,

(b)to report on its review by a specified date that is before 1 May 2012, and

(c)to include in its report any recommendations it has for changes to the way in which judicial office holders are appointed and removed.

2(1)From 1 May 2012, no new members may be appointed to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, unless the Northern Ireland Assembly resolves that this sub-paragraph is not to apply (or an Act of the Assembly overrides this sub-paragraph).E+W+S+N.I.

(This does not stop the re-appointment of existing members.)

(2)A resolution for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) must be passed with the support of—

(a)a majority of the members voting on the motion for the resolution,

(b)a majority of the designated Nationalists voting, and

(c)a majority of the designated Unionists voting.

“Designated Nationalist” and “designated Unionist” have the meanings given by section 4(5) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

(3)If the resolution is passed on or after 1 May 2012, new members may be appointed to the Commission from the day after the day on which it is passed.

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