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Article 2 of and the Schedule to this Order appoints 1st January 1998 for the coming into force of section 25 of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997 (“the Act”), for the purpose of inserting certain provisions into the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 which relate to the setting up of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. The Order also brings into force on 1st January 1998 section 63(1)(a)(ii) of the Act which relates to the finance of the Commission, together with consequential amendments. The Commission will begin to exercise its statutory powers to review cases only when section 25 of the Act is brought into force for all purposes.