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The High Court and County Courts Jurisdiction Order 1991

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Jurisdiction

2.—(1) A county court shall have jurisdiction under—

(a)sections 30, 146 and 147 of the Law of Property Act 1925(1),

(b)section 58C of the Trade Marks Act 1938(2),

(c)section 26 of the Arbitration Act 1950(3),

(d)section 63(2) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954(4),

(e)section 28(3) of the Mines and Quarries (Tips) Act 1969(5),

(f)section 66 of the Taxes Management Act 1970(6),

(g)section 41 of the Administration of Justice Act 1970(7),

(h)section 139(5)(b) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974(8),

(i)section 13 of the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977(9),

(j)section 87 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(10),

(k)sections 19 and 20 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982(11),

(l)sections 15, 16, 21, 25 and 139 of the County Courts Act 1984(12),

(m)section 39(4) of, and paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3 to, the Legal Aid Act 1988(13),

(n)sections 99, 102(5), 114, 195, 204, 230, 231 and 235(5) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988(14), and

(o)section 40 of the Housing Act 1988(15),

whatever the amount involved in the proceedings and whatever the value of any fund or asset connected with the proceedings.

(2) A county court shall have jurisdiction under—

(a)section 10 of the Local Land Charges Act 1975(16), and

(b)section 10(4) of the Rentcharges Act 1977(17),

where the sum concerned or amount claimed does not exceed £5,000.

(3) A county court shall have jurisdiction under the following provisions of the Law of Property Act 1925(18) where the capital value of the land or interest in land which is to be dealt with does not exceed £30,000:

(a)sections 3, 49, 66, 181, and 188;

(b)proviso (iii) to paragraph 3 of Part III of Schedule 1;

(c)proviso (v) to paragraph 1(3) of Part IV of Schedule 1;

(d)provisos (iii) and (iv) to paragraph 1(4) of Part IV of Schedule 1.

(4) A county court shall have jurisdiction under sections 89, 90, 91 and 92 of the Law of Property Act 1925(19) where the amount owing in respect of the mortgage or charge at the commencement of the proceedings does not exceed £30,000.

(5) A county court shall have jurisdiction under the proviso to section 136(1) of the Law of Property Act 1925(20) where the amount or value of the debt or thing in action does not exceed £30,000.

(6) A county court shall have jurisdiction under section 1(6) of the Land Charges Act 1972(21)—

(a)in the case of a land charge of Class C(i), C(ii) or D(i), if the amount does not exceed £30,000;

(b)in the case of a land charge of Class C(iii), if it is for a specified capital sum of money not exceeding £30,000 or, where it is not for a specified capital sum, if the capital value of the land affected does not exceed £30,000;

(c)in the case of a land charge of Class A, Class B, Class C(iv), Class D(ii), Class D(iii) or Class E, if the capital value of the land affected does not exceed £30,000;

(d)in the case of a land charge of Class F, if the land affected by it is the subject of an order made by the court under section 1 of the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983(22) or an application for an order under that section relating to that land has been made to the court;

(e)in a case where an application under section 23 of the Deeds of Arrangement Act 1914(23) could be entertained by the court.

(7) A county court shall have jurisdiction under sections 69, 70 and 71 of the Solicitors Act 1974(24) where a bill of costs relates wholly or partly to contentious business done in a county court and the amount of the bill does not exceed £5,000.

(8) The enactments and statutory instruments listed in the Schedule to this Order are amended as specified therein, being amendments which are consequential on the provisions of this article.

(1)

15 & 16 Geo. 5 c.20; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) andPart II of Schedule 2.

(2)

1 & 2 Geo. 6 c.22; section 58C was inserted by section 300 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48).

(3)

14 Geo. 6 c.27; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) andparagraph 22 of Schedule 2.

(4)

2 & 3 Eliz. 2 c.56; relevant amendments were made by the Administration of Justice Act 1973 (c. 15), section 6 and Part I of Schedule 2.

(5)

1969 c. 10; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 35 of Schedule 2.

(6)

1970 c. 9; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 36 of Schedule 2.

(7)

1970 c. 31; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 38 of Schedule 2.

(8)

1974 c. 39; relevant amendments were made by the Administration of Justice Act 1982 (c. 53), section 37 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 and by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 47 of Schedule 2.

(9)

1977 c. 32; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 66 of Schedule 2.

(10)

1980 c. 43; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 73 of Schedule 2.

(16)

1975 c. 76; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 57 of Schedule 2.

(17)

1977 c. 30; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 63 of Schedule 2.

(18)

15 & 16 Geo. 5 c.20; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and Part II of Schedule 2.

(19)

15 & 16 Geo. 5 c.20; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and Part II of Schedule 2.

(20)

15 & 16 Geo. 5 c.20; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and Part II of Schedule 2.

(21)

1972 c. 61; relevant amendments were made by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and Part IV of Schedule 2.

(23)

4 & 5 Geo. 5 c.47.

(24)

1974 c. 47; relevant amendments were made by the Administration of Justice Act 1982 (c. 53), section 37 and Part II of Schedule 3, and by the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28), section 148(1) and paragraph 50 of Schedule 2.

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