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Magistrates' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1964

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N.I.Appointment, oath and removal of justices of the peace

F13Justices of the peace.N.I.

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S. 4 rep. by SRO (NI) 1973/341; SLR 1973; 1978 c. 23

S. 5 rep. by 1978 c. 23

6Persons disqualified for acting as justices.N.I.

(1 )F2A person shall not be capable of acting as a justice of the peace whilst he holds office asF3. . . , [F4[F5a civil servant in the Department of Justice], notary public or commissioner for oaths].

(2)If any justice of the peace is adjudged bankrupt, or makes any arrangement or composition with his creditors under the Irish Bankrupt and Insolvent Act 1857 [1857 c.60] or the Bankruptcy (Ireland) Amendment Act 1872 [1872 c.58] , he shall be and remain incapable of acting as a justice of the peace until he has been again appointed a justice of the peace.

[F6(3)A person who is adjudged bankrupt shall not be capable of being appointed a justice of the peace unless and until either the adjudication of bankruptcy is annulled or he is discharged]

[F7(3ZA)A person in relation to whom a moratorium period under a debt relief order applies shall not be capable of being appointed a justice of the peace.]

[F8(3A)A person who is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order [F9or who is subject to a debt relief restrictions order] shall not be capable of being appointed a justice of the peace]

(4)A person shall not be deemed incapable, on grounds of interest or bias, of acting as a justice of the peace in relation to any matter concerning a local authority by reason only that—

(a)he is a member of that authority;

(b)he is one of several persons liable to be assessed to, or to pay, rates [F10 made] by that authority; or

(c)he is one of any other class of persons liable in common with the others to contribute to, or be benefited by, any rate or fund maintained by that authority or out of which the expenses of that authority are required or authorised to be defrayed.

(5)Except as provided by subsection (4), nothing in this section shall affect the operation of any rule of law disqualifying a person for acting as justice of the peace in any matter on the ground of interest or bias.

(6)This section shall not prejudice or affect the operation of—

(a)any enactment imposing a disqualification in consequence of any corrupt or illegal practice at an election; or

(b)any enactment (not being an enactment repealed by this Act) which provides that a justice of the peace shall not act in a capacity specified in that enactment.

S. 7 rep. by 2002 c. 26

S. 8 rep. by 1978 c. 23

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