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4.—(1) Notwithstanding the substitution of section 57 (use of live television links at preliminary hearings) of the 1998 Act made by section 45 any direction given under that section prior to 15th January 2007 shall continue to have effect.
(2) Where a preliminary hearing in the magistrates’ court or the Crown Court has commenced before 15th January 2007 the court may nevertheless give a direction under new section 57B (use of live link at preliminary hearings where accused is in custody) of the 1998 Act on or after that date.
(3) Where a direction given under section 57 of the 1998 Act continues to have effect by virtue of paragraph (1), new section 57D (continued use of live link for sentencing hearing following a preliminary hearing) of the 1998 Act shall have effect as if subsection 1(a) included a reference to section 57.
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