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County Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1959

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F1[107Deputy judges.N.I.

(1)The[F2Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission] may appoint as deputy judge[F3 a person who is—

(a)a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland of at least ten years' standing; or

(b)a solicitor of the[F4Court of Judicature] of at least ten years' standing.]

[F5(1A)The term for which a person is appointed as a deputy judge is to be determined by the Commission with the agreement of the [F6Department of Justice].]

(2)The appointment of a person as a deputy judge shall specify the term for which he is appointed [F7as determined under subsection (1A)].

[F8(3)Subject to subsection (4), the Commission may, with the agreement of a deputy judge and the [F9Department of Justice], from time to time extend, for such period as it thinks appropriate, the term for which the deputy judge is appointed.]

[F10(4)Neither the initial term for which a deputy judge is appointed nor any extension of that term under subsection (3) shall be such as to continue his appointment as a deputy judge after the day on which he attains the age of seventy; but this subsection is subject to section 26(4) to (6) of the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 (F11. . . power to authorise continuance in office up to the age of 75).]

(5)A deputy judge shall, while he is so acting, have the like authority, jurisdiction, powers and privileges as a judge in all respects [F12 and a reference in any statutory provision to, or which is to be construed as a reference to, a county court judge shall, for the purposes of or in relation to any proceedings in a county court, be construed as including a reference to a deputy judge appointed under this section].

(6)Where the hearing of any proceedings duly commenced before any deputy judge is adjourned or judgment is reserved therein, that deputy judge shall, notwithstanding anything in sub-section (2) or (4), have power to resume the hearing and determine the proceedings or, as the case may be, to deliver the judgment so reserved.

(7)[F13The Department of Justice shall pay] to every deputy judge, except a resident magistrate, such remuneration and allowances as the Lord Chancellor may, with the concurrence of[F14 the Treasury], determine.]

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