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Reservoirs Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Section 94 – Warrants authorising entry

Section 94 provides for a lay magistrate to grant a warrant to any person entitled to exercise power of entry under section 93. It is in usual terms for such a power. A warrant permits the person authorised to exercise the power of entry if necessary using reasonable force.

Subsections (2) and (3) set out the circumstances in which a warrant may be granted. These require the lay magistrate to be satisfied by evidence on oath that there are reasonable grounds for seeking entry to the land and where one of the following apply; that the land is unoccupied or the case is one of urgency or that the conditions in subsection (3) have been met (i.e. notice of entry was given, the notice had expired and that either permission was refused or refusal was reasonably expected).

Subsection (4) provides that permission to enter is to be regarded as refused if no reply is received within a reasonable period to a request to exercise the right.

Subsection (5) specifies that a warrant granted does not entitle a person to use force against an individual and makes provision as to the duration of a warrant.

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