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2005 No. 910 (C. 39)

SUPREME COURT OF ENGLAND AND WALES

SUPREME COURT OF NORTHERN IRELAND

COUNTY COURTS, ENGLAND AND WALES

MAGISTRATES COURTS, ENGLAND AND WALES

COURTS-MARTIAL (APPEALS)

DAMAGES, ENGLAND AND WALES

DAMAGES, NORTHERN IRELAND

The Courts Act 2003 (Commencement No. 10) Order 2005

Made

23rd March 2005

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 110 of the Courts Act 2003(1) hereby makes the following Order:

Citation

1.  This Order may be cited as the Courts Act 2003 (Commencement No. 10) Order 2005.

Revocation

2.  The Courts Act 2003 (Commencement No. 9, Savings, Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005(2) is revoked.

Commencement of Provisions of the Courts Act 2003

3.  The following provisions of the Courts Act 2003 come into force on the 1st April 2005 –

(a)section 1 (The general duty);

(b)sections 2 and 3 (Court staff and accommodation);

(c)section 5 (Functions of courts boards);

(d)section 6 to the extent not already in force (Abolition of magistrates' courts committees, etc.);

(e)sections 7 and 8 (The commission of the peace and local justice areas);

(f)sections 9 to 16 (Lay justices);

(g)sections 17 and 18 (Chairman and deputy chairmen and the bench);

(h)sections 19 to 21 (Supplementary provisions about the bench);

(i)sections 22 to 26 (District Judges (Magistrates' Courts));

(j)sections 27 to 29 (Justices' clerks and assistant clerks);

(k)section 30 (Places, dates and times of sittings);

(l)sections 31 to 35 (Protection and indemnification of justices and justices' clerks);

(m)sections 36 and 37 (Fines officers and designated officers);

(n)sections 38 to 40 (Application of receipts of magistrates' courts etc.);

(o)sections 41 (Miscellaneous);

(p)sections 43 to 46 and Schedule 3 (Criminal jurisdiction and procedure);

(q)sections 47 and 48 (Civil jurisdiction and procedure);

(r)sections 49, 50(1) and (4) (Family proceedings and youth courts);

(s)sections 51 to 57 (Court security);

(t)sections 58 to 61 (Inspectors of court administration);

(u)section 65 (District Judges (Magistrates' Courts) as Crown Court judges etc.);

(v)sections 88 to 91 (Provisions relating to criminal procedure and appeals and Courts-Martial Appeal Court procedure and appeals);

(w)sections 100 and 101 (Periodical payments);

(x)section 105 (Extension of time for criminal appeals to House of Lords: Northern Ireland);

(y)Schedule 8 (Minor and consequential amendments) in so far as it is not already in force, with the exception of the following–

(i)paragraph 91(2) (Maintenance Orders Act 1950(3));

(ii)paragraph 242 (Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(4));

(iii)paragraph 245(1) and 245(2) (Magistrates' Courts Act 1980) to the extent that it creates an exception in relation to “family proceedings”;

(iv)paragraph 245(1) and 245(3) to the extent that it omits the reference to “the President of the Family Division of the High Court” from section 144(2) of the Magistrates' Court Act 1980;

(v)paragraph 254 (Magistrates' Courts Act 1980);

(vi)paragraph 272 (County Courts Act 1984(5));

(vii)paragraph 278(a) (Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984(6));

(viii)paragraph 337 (Children Act 1989(7));

(ix)paragraph 349 (Courts and Legal Services Act 1990(8));

(z)Schedule 9 (Transitional provisions) in so far as it is not already in force, with the exception of paragraph 16;

(aa)Schedule 10 (Repeals) in so far as it is not already in force, with the exception of the following repeals–

(i)the repeal of section 25(1) of the Maintenance Orders Act 1950;

(ii)the repeal of sections 137 and 138 of, and Schedule 6 and paragraph 8 of Schedule 7 to, the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980;

(iii)the repeal of the reference to “the President of the Family Division of the High Court” in section 144(2) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980;

(iv)the repeal of sections 73 and 73A of the County Courts Act 1984;

(v)the repeal of section 40 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984;

(vi)the repeal of section 97(7)(a) of the Children Act 1989;

(vii)the repeal of paragraph 50 of Schedule 18 to the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990;

(viii)the repeal of paragraph 11(2) of Schedule 2 to the Maintenance Enforcement Act 1991(9);

(ix)the repeal of section 2(6) to (8) of, and paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 to, the Civil Procedure Act 1997(10);

(bb)section 109(1), (2) and (3) to the extent necessary for those amendments and repeals.

Christopher Leslie

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Constitutional Affairs

23rd March 2005

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order supersedes the Courts Act 2003 (Commencement No.9, Savings, Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/547) and correctly specifies the minor and consequential amendments, transitional provisions and repeals contained in Schedules 8, 9 and 10 to the Courts Act 2003 (c. 39) that are to be brought into force on 1 April 2005.

This Order brings into force various provisions of the Courts Act 2003 on 1st April 2005, including:

  • sections 1 to 3, which place the Lord Chancellor under a general duty to maintain an efficient and effective court system and give him the power to make appropriate arrangements for staff and accommodation.

  • section 6, which abolishes magistrates' courts committees, magistrates' courts committee areas and the office of justices' chief executive;

  • sections 7 and 8, which provide for there to be a single commission of the peace for England and Wales and for England and Wales to be divided into local justice areas;

  • sections 9 to 35, which make provision in relation to justices, justices' clerks and assistant clerks;

  • sections 43 to 50(1) and 50(4), which deals with the jurisdiction and procedure in criminal, civil and family proceedings in magistrates courts;

  • sections 51 to 57, which makes provision in relation to court security officers;

  • sections 58-61 which establish a new body called Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Court Administration;

  • sections 100 and 101 which deal with the award of damages for future pecuniary loss in personal injury cases by way of periodical payments.

The commencement of some of the provisions brought into force by this Order is subject to the transitional provisions, savings and consequential provisions contained in the Courts Act 2003 (Transitional Provisions, Savings and Consequential Provisions) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/911).

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order)

ProvisionDate of CommencementS.I. No.
Section 41.6.042004/798
Section 6 (partially)1.9.042004/2066
Section 6226.1.042003/3345
Section 6326.1.042003/3345
Section 6426.1.042003/3345
Section 66 (partially)26.1.042003/3345
Section 6726.1.042003/3345
Section 6826.1.042003/3345
Section 691.9.042004/2066
Section 7026.1.042003/3345
Section 7126.1.042003/3345
Section 721.9.042004/2066
Section 731.9.042004/2066
Section 7426.1.042003/3345
Section 7726.1.042003/3345
Section 7826.1.042003/3345
Section 8126.1.042003/3345
Section 8326.1.042003/3345
Section 8426.1.042003/3345
Section 861.5.042004/1104
Section 871.5.042004/1104
Section 924.1.052004/3123
Section 931.2.042004/174
Section 955.4.042004/174
Section 965.4.042004/174
Section 97 (partially)23.2.042004/174
(partially)29.3.042004/174
(partially)5.4.042004/174
(partially)1.5.042004/1104
(remainder)21.9.042004/2195
Section 98 (partially)26.1.042003/3345
Section 9915.3.042004/401
Section 10226.1.042003/3345
Section 1031.5.042004/1104
Section 1041.5.042004/1104
Section 1061.5.042004/1104
Schedule 11.6.042004/798
Schedule 21.9.042004/2066
Schedule 5 (partially)23.2.042004/174
(partially)29.3.042004/174
(remainder)5.4.042004/174
Schedule 6 (partially)1.5.042004/1104
(remainder)21.9.042004/2195
Schedule 715.3.042004/401
Schedule 8 (and section 109(1) insofar as it relates to the paragraphs specified below) paragraphs 288 (partially) and 2891.2.042004/174
Paragraphs 5, 9, 61 (partially), 62, 63 (partially), 189, 264, 274, 275 and 295-29815.3.042004/401
Paragraphs 67, 71, 83, 107, 122, 126, 145, 172, 173, 182, 183(1) and (3), 186(1) and (2), 190, 207, 219, 233, 234, 238, 245(1) and (2) (partially), 246, 250, 251, 286, 290(1) and (3), 324, 327, 328, 329(1) and (4), 330(1), (2) and (3)(a), 355(a), 362, 364, 377 to 381, 384, 386 and 387, 389 and 390, 403 and 405, 41001.09.042004/2066
Paragraphs 263, 276, 277, 278(b)4.1.052004/3123
Schedule 9 (and section 109(2) insofar as it relates to the paragraph specified below)
Paragraph 15 (partially)23.2.042004/174
Paragraph 15 (partially)29.3.042004/174
Paragraph 15 (remainder)5.4.042004/174
Schedule 10 (and section 109(3)) (partially)26.1.042003/3345
(partially)15.3.042004/401
(partially) (and section 109(3))1.5.042004/1104
(partially) (and section 109(3))1.9.042004/2066
(partially) (and section 109(3)4.1.052004/3123

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