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Game Laws Amendment (Scotland) Act 1877

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10Prosecutions under Game Acts

Prom and after the commencement of this Act, all offences against the Game Acts shall be prosecuted subject to the following provisions; that is to say,

(1)Any prosecution which is at present competent either before the sheriff or the justices of the peace for the county shall, from and after the passing of this Act, be competent only before the sheriff:

(2)Any prosecution which is at present competent only before the justices of the peace for the county shall, from and after the passing of this Act, be competent only before the sheriff, who shall have all jurisdiction, authority, and power necessary for entertaining and determining the same; and all forms, procedure, and provisions applicable to prosecutions before justices of the peace shall, except as herein-after provided, be applicable, mutatis mutandis, to prosecutions before the sheriff as aforesaid :

(3)Where in any county there is more than one resident sheriff substitute any prosecution under the Game Acts shall be brought before the court of a sheriff substitute within whose district the offence is alleged to have been committed, or before the sheriff sitting in such court :

(4)Offences which are now cognisable only by the Court of Justiciary shall hereafter be prosecuted only before such court.

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