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Administration of Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1954

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13Non-availability of suitable courthouse accommodation.N.I.

(1)Where for any reason suitable accommodation is not for the time being available for the purposes of a particular sitting of any court, the judge of that court or the person who is to act as the judge of that court may, at any time after it comes to his knowledge that such accommodation is not or will not be so available, direct that sitting to be held at some other convenient place …F1 at which suitable accommodation is available.

(2)Where during the sitting of any court accommodation ceases to be available or becomes unsuitable for the purposes of such sitting, the judge of the court may adjourn the remainder of the sitting to any other convenient place …F1 at which suitable accommodation is available.

(3)A judge exercising any power of adjournment conferred by this section may give directions as to the manner in which and the persons to whom notice of such adjournment is to be given and it shall be the duty of all persons to whom such directions are given to comply therewith.

(4)Any judgment delivered or decree or other order made and any other action taken at a sitting adjourned or directed to be held elsewhere under this section shall have the same force and effect as if made at a sitting which had not been so adjourned or directed to be held elsewhere.

(5)References in this section to a judge include, in relation to courts of summary jurisdiction, references to a resident magistrate.

Subs. (6) rep. by SI 1973/2163; 1978 c. 23

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