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The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2000

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2000 No. 3280 (C. 104)

MAGISTRATES' COURTS

The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2000

Made

13th December 2000

Coming into force in accordance with article 1

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 108(1) of, and paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 14 to, the Access to Justice Act 1999(1), makes the following Order:

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2000 and shall come into force on the day following that on which it is made.

Commencement of Access to Justice Act 1999

2.  The following provisions of the Access to Justice Act 1999 shall come into force on 8th January 2001:

(a)to the extent that it is not already in force, section 67(2);

(b)sections 92 to 95 inclusive;

(c)in Part V of Schedule 15 (repeals), the entries in the table headed “(8) Warrants” relating to—

(i)section 125(2) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(2);

(ii)section 65 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988(3);

(iii)paragraph 11 of Schedule 17 to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990(4);

and, so far as it relates to those entries, section 106.

Transitional provisions

3.  (1)  This paragraph applies where—

(a)a warrant of arrest, commitment, detention or distress is issued by a justice of the peace at any time before 8th January 2001,

(b)the warrant has not been executed before 8th January 2001, and

(c)if the warrant had been issued on 8th January 2001, section 125A(1) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 would have applied to it.

(2) Where paragraph (1) applies, the warrant may be executed on or after 8th January 2001 in the same manner as if it had been issued on 8th January 2001, and sections 125A and 125B of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 shall apply accordingly.

(3) Where paragraph (1) applies, the warrant need not be executed by a police officer, and may be executed by any person within the descriptions contained in section 125A(2) or 125B(1) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980, subject to and in accordance with any rules made under section 144 of that Act and for the time being in force.

(4) Where paragraph (1) applies, basic personal information may be supplied as provided in section 125C of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 for the purpose of facilitating the enforcement of the warrant as if it had been issued on 8th January 2001.

Signed by authority of the Lord Chancellor

Jane Kennedy

Parliamentary Secretary,

Lord Chancellor’s Department

13th December 2000

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings sections 92 to 95 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 into force on 8th January 2001, together with associated repeals. These provisions relate to the execution of warrants issued by justices of the peace.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order)

ProvisionDate of commencementS.I. No.
Sections 36, 40, 42, 46 and 4927.9.19991999/2657
Section 43 and Schedule 6 (partially)
Section 48 and Schedule 7
Section 66 and Schedule 9
Section 67(2) (in certain areas only)
Section 83(1) (partially)
Section 83(3) and Schedule 12 (partially)
Sections 88 and 89
Section 105
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
Section 531.11.1999
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
Section 7912.11.1999
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
Section 351.1.20001999/3344
Section 41 and Schedule 5
Section 43 and Schedule 6 (partially)
Section 71
Section 85
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
Section 83(1) (partially)1.3.2000
Section 83(3) and Schedule 12 (partially)
Section 1 and Schedule 11.4.20002000/774
Sections 2 to 5
Section 6 and Schedule 2
Sections 7 to 11 and 19 to 23
Section 24 and Schedule 4 (partially)
Sections 25 and 26
Sections 27, 29 and 30
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
Sections 37, 38 and 3931.7.20002000/1920
Section 44
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
Section 78 and Schedule 1131.8.2000
Section 83(2) (partially)
Section 106 and Schedule 15 (partially)
(2)

1980 c. 43; sections 125A and 125B are inserted by sections 92 and 93 of the Access to Justice Act 1999.

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