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(1)The right of appointing to and removing from the office of sheriff clerk shall be vested in [F1the Scottish Court Service]F1. There shall be a sheriff clerk for each [F2sheriffdom] in Scotland as heretofore, provided that it shall be lawful for the [F3Scottish Court Service]F3, where the division of sheriff court districts or other circumstances appear to [F4it]F4 to render such a course expedient, to appoint a sheriff clerk for an area other than a [F2sheriffdom]whether situated entirely within one [F2sheriffdom] or not.
(2)The right of appointing to and removing from the office of procurator fiscal shall be vested in the Lord Advocate, and the Lord Advocate may F5. . . from time to time fix the number of procurators fiscal in Scotland, and the limits of the districts for which such procurators fiscal shall act.
(3)Notwithstanding anything in either of the foregoing subsections [F6but subject to subsections (4) and (5) below], no sheriff clerk or procurator fiscal shall be removed from his office except upon a report by the Lord President of the Court of Session and the Lord Justice Clerk:
Provided that no such report shall be required in any case of retirement of a sheriff clerk or procurator fiscal in circumstances which would qualify him for an award under [F7the principal civil service pension scheme within the meaning of section 2 of the M1Superannuation Act 1972 and for the time being in force], or in consequence of the operation of an age limit.
[F8(4)The right vested—
(a)in the [F9Scottish Court Service] under subsection (1) above shall include the right to transfer the sheriff clerk of one sheriff court district to an office, whether of sheriff clerk or (however styled) of sheriff clerk depute, in another sheriff court district;
(b)in the Lord Advocate under subsection (2) above shall include the right to transfer the procurator fiscal of one district to an office, whether of procurator fiscal or (however styled) of procurator fiscal depute, in another district,
where in the opinion of the [F9Scottish Court Service] or, as the case may be, of the Lord Advocate the transfer is for the purpose of securing efficient organisation and administration.
(5)It is hereby declared that, for the purposes of subsection (3) above, a transfer under subsection (4) above is not a removal from office.]
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