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7.—(1) Any person having an interest in any EC certificate of conformity, fuel economy guide, fuel economy label, display or poster, promotional literature or records relating thereto which are for the time being detained under paragraph 6 (power to enter premises and inspect, seize and detain) by an enforcement authority or by a duly authorised officer of an enforcement authority may apply for an order requiring the detained items to be released to him or to another person.
(2) An application under this paragraph may be made—
(a)to any magistrates' court in which proceedings have been brought in England and Wales or Northern Ireland for an offence in respect of a contravention of any provision of these Regulations in relation to the detained items;
(b)where no such proceedings have been so brought, by way of complaint to a magistrates' court; or
(c)in Scotland, by summary application to the sheriff.
(3) A magistrates' court or the sheriff shall not make an order under sub-paragraph (1) unless the court or sheriff is satisfied—
(d)that proceedings have not been brought for an offence in respect of a contravention of any provision of these Regulations in relation to the detained items; and
(e)that more than twelve months have elapsed since the seizure was carried out.
(4) Any person aggrieved by an order made under this paragraph by a magistrates' court in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, or by a decision of such a court not to make such an order, may appeal against that order or decision—
(f)in England and Wales, to the Crown Court;
(g)in Northern Ireland, to a County Court;
and an order so made may contain such provision as appears to the court to be appropriate for delaying the coming into force of the order pending the making and determination of any appeal (including any application under section 111 of the Magistrates' Court Act 1980(1) or article 146 of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (statement of case) (2).
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