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Equality Act 2010

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(1)Rules of court may, in relation to proceedings on a claim within section 114, confer power as mentioned in subsections (2) to (4); but a power so conferred is exercisable only if the court thinks it expedient to do so in the interests of national security.

(2)The rules may confer power to exclude from all or part of the proceedings—

(a)the claimant or pursuer;

(b)a representative of the claimant or pursuer;

(c)an assessor.

(3)The rules may confer power to permit a claimant, pursuer or representative who has been excluded to make a statement to the court before the commencement of the proceedings, or part of the proceedings, to which the exclusion relates.

(4)The rules may confer power to take steps to keep secret all or part of the reasons for the court’s decision.

(5)The Attorney General or, in Scotland, the Advocate General for Scotland may appoint a person to represent the interests of a claimant or pursuer in, or in any part of, proceedings to which an exclusion by virtue of subsection (2)(a) or (b) relates.

(6)A person (P) may be appointed under subsection (5) only if—

(a)in relation to proceedings in England and Wales, P is a person who, for the purposes of the Legal Services Act 2007, is an authorised person in relation to an activity which constitutes the exercise of a right of audience or the conduct of litigation;

(b)in relation to proceedings in Scotland, P is an advocate or qualified to practice as a solicitor in Scotland.

(7)P is not responsible to the person whose interests P is appointed to represent.

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