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Scotland Act 2012

Section 35: References of compatibility issues to the High Court or Supreme Court

194.Section 35 inserts a new section 288ZB into the 1995 Act providing powers for compatibility issues to be referred to the High Court and to the Supreme Court in certain circumstances. A lower court may refer a compatibility issue to the High Court, constituted as an appeal court. The Lord Advocate and the Advocate General for Scotland may require a lower court to refer a compatibility issue to the High Court, constituted as an appeal court. Where the Lord Advocate or Advocate General for Scotland make such a referral, the High Court may determine the issue itself or refer the issue to the Supreme Court.

195.If the High Court, acting as an appeal court, is considering a compatibility issue, other than on a reference, then the High Court could refer the compatibility issue to the Supreme Court. In these circumstances the Lord Advocate or Advocate General for Scotland could require the High Court to refer the compatibility issue to the Supreme Court.

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