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Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020

Replacement of requirement for intimation on walls of court, etc.

109.Paragraph 10(2)(a) inserts a new paragraph 1A into Part 1 of schedule 4 of the 2020 Act. The effect of paragraph 1A(1) is that where there is provision requiring or permitting a document to be displayed on the walls (or any other part) of a court building, or to be made publicly available within a court, that is instead to be done by publication of the document on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (“SCTS”) website.

110.Paragraph 1A(2) confers a power on the Lord President or the Lord Justice General to direct that sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to a specified type of document.

111.Paragraph 1A(3)(a) provides that publication of a document on the SCTS website is to be done in accordance with any direction issued by the Lord President or the Lord Justice General. Paragraph 1A(4) makes it clear that any such direction may provide for a document to be made available in redacted form only.

112.Paragraph 1A(3)(b) ensures that any requirements pertaining to a document being displayed within a court building, such as specification of a time period for display, continue to apply to publication of the document on the SCTS website, subject to any necessary modifications.

113.Paragraph 1A(5) preserves the effect of provision for alternative method of publication, such as intimation by advertisement in a newspaper.

114.Paragraph 10(2)(b) modifies paragraph 5 of schedule 4 of the 2020 Act so as to require that any direction made under new paragraph 1A(2) or (3)(a) be made public.

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