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The Pitcairn Constitution Order 2010

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The courts of Pitcairn

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43.  (1)  The courts of Pitcairn shall be the Pitcairn Supreme Court, the Pitcairn Court of Appeal, and such courts subordinate to the Supreme Court as may be established by law.

(2) The Pitcairn (Appeals to Privy Council) Order 2000(1) (as amended by this Order) shall continue to apply in relation to appeals to Her Majesty in Council from judgments of the Court of Appeal.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of the power conferred by section 36(1), the Governor may by any law constitute courts for Pitcairn with such jurisdiction, and make such provisions and regulations for the proceedings in such courts and for the administration of justice, as the Governor may think fit.

(4) Subject to any law, a court established under subsection (3) shall sit in such place in Pitcairn as the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Chief Justice, may appoint; but it may also sit in the United Kingdom, or in such other place as the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Chief Justice, may appoint.

(5) Where a court sits, by virtue of subsection (4), in some place other than Pitcairn, it may there exercise its jurisdiction and powers in like manner as if it were sitting within Pitcairn, but anything done there by virtue of this subsection shall have, and shall have only, the same validity and effect as if done in Pitcairn.

(6) The references in subsections (4) and (5) to a court sitting and exercising its jurisdiction and powers in any place include references to a judge or judicial officer or officer of the court exercising in that place any jurisdiction or powers or other functions vested in him or her as such by any law.

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S.I. 2000/1816, amended by SI 2009/224.

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