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2.—(1) The persons who will be justices for a new area may hold a meeting before 1st January 2013 for the purposes set out in this Part of the Schedule and in order to prepare to assume their functions on and after that date.
(2) If a meeting is held in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) it shall be treated as if it were a meeting of the justices for the new area for the purposes of the enactments cited in this Part of this Schedule despite the fact that the new area was not at that time in existence.
(3) The persons appointed or elected for a new area under paragraph 1(1) may hold one or more meetings after the conclusion of the process of appointment or election but before 1st January 2013 for the purpose of preparing to assume their functions on and after that date.
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