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1(1)Section 8 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 (persons who may exercise the jurisdiction of the Crown Court) is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)In subsection (1)(b), for “, Recorder or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)” substitute “, Recorder, qualifying judge advocate or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)”.
(3)In subsection (1)(c), for “or Recorder” substitute “ , Recorder or qualifying judge advocate ”.
(4)After subsection (1) insert—
“(1A)The jurisdiction of the Crown Court exercisable by a qualifying judge advocate by virtue of subsection (1) is the jurisdiction of the Court in relation to any criminal cause or matter other than an appeal from a youth court.”
(5)In subsection (3), for “, Circuit judge, Recorder or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)” substitute “, Circuit judge, Recorder, qualifying judge advocate or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)”.
(6)After subsection (3) insert—
“(4)Subsection (1A) does not affect the jurisdiction of the Crown Court exercisable by a person who holds an office mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b) where that person is also a qualifying judge advocate.”
2In section 73(2) and (3) of that Act (general provisions relating to Crown Court proceedings), for “or Recorder” (wherever it occurs) substitute “ , Recorder or qualifying judge advocate ”.E+W+S+N.I.
3In section 74 of that Act (Crown Court proceedings on appeals)—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)in subsection (1), after “Recorder” insert “ or a qualifying judge advocate ”; and
(b)in subsection (3), for “or Recorder,” substitute “ , Recorder or qualifying judge advocate, ”.
4In section 75(1) of that Act (allocation of cases and distribution of cases in Crown Court), for “, Circuit judge, Recorder or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)” substitute “, Circuit judge, Recorder, qualifying judge advocate or District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)”.E+W+S+N.I.
5In section 151(1) of that Act (interpretation), at the appropriate place insert—E+W+S+N.I.
““qualifying judge advocate” means—
(a)the Judge Advocate General; or
(b)a person appointed under section 30(1)(a) or (b) of the Courts-Martial (Appeals) Act 1951 (assistants to the Judge Advocate General);”.
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