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(1)Any functions authorised, or required, by any enactment or otherwise, to be discharged by the Lord Advocate may be discharged by the Solicitor General for Scotland, if—
(a)the office of Lord Advocate is vacant; or
(b)the Lord Advocate is unable to act owing to absence or illness ; or
(c)the Lord Advocate authorises the said Solicitor General to act in any particular case.
(2)During any period when the office of Lord Advocate is vacant, any certificate, notice, information, intimation, proceedings or other matter or thing whatsoever authorised or required by any enactment to be given, made, directed or done to or against the Lord Advocate may be given, made, directed or done to or against the Solicitor General for Scotland.
(3)In this section the expression " enactment" includes any enactment passed before the commencement of this Act, and, unless the contrary intention appears, any enactment passed thereafter :
Provided that nothing in this section shall derogate from or prejudice the provisions of section three of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1887.
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