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(a)constituted in accordance with this section or section 66 of the Courts Act 2003 (judges having powers of District Judges (Magistrates' Courts)), and
(b)sitting for the purpose of—
(i)hearing any charge against a child or young person, or
(ii)exercising any other jurisdiction conferred on youth courts by or under this or any other Act,
are to be known as youth courts.
(2)A justice of the peace is not qualified to sit as a member of a youth court for the purpose of dealing with any proceedings unless he has an authorisation extending to the proceedings.
(3)He has an authorisation extending to the proceedings only if he has been authorised by the [F2Lord Chief Justice, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor,] to sit as a member of a youth court to deal with—
(a)proceedings of that description, or
(b)all proceedings dealt with by youth courts.
(4)The [F3Lord Chief Justice may, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor,] by rules make provision about—
(a)the grant and revocation of authorisations,
(b)the appointment of chairmen of youth courts, and
(c)the composition of youth courts.
(5)Rules under subsection (4) may confer powers on the Lord Chancellor [F4or Lord Chief Justice] with respect to any of the matters specified in the rules.
(6)Rules under subsection (4) may be made only after consultation with the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee.
(7)Rules under subsection (4) are to be made by statutory instrument.
(8)A statutory instrument containing rules under subsection (4) is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
[F5(9)The Lord Chief Justice may nominate a judicial office holder (as defined in section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) to exercise his functions under subsection (3) or (4) or his powers under rules under subsection (4).]]
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