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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

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[F123AAuthorisations requiring judicial approvalU.K.

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(1)This section applies where a relevant person has—

(a)granted or renewed an authorisation under section 22(3) [F2or (3B)], or

(b)given or renewed a notice under section 22(4).

(2)The authorisation or notice is not to take effect until such time (if any) as the relevant judicial authority has made an order approving the grant or renewal of the authorisation or (as the case may be) the giving or renewal of the notice.

(3)The relevant judicial authority may give approval under this section to the granting or renewal of an authorisation under section 22(3) [F3or (3B)] if, and only if, the relevant judicial authority is satisfied that—

(a)at the time of the grant or renewal—

(i)there were reasonable grounds for believing that the requirements of section 22(1) and (5) were satisfied in relation to the authorisation, and

(ii)the relevant conditions were satisfied in relation to the authorisation, and

(b)at the time when the relevant judicial authority is considering the matter, there remain reasonable grounds for believing that the requirements of section 22(1) and (5) are satisfied in relation to the authorisation.

(4)The relevant judicial authority may give approval under this section to the giving or renewal of a notice under section 22(4) if, and only if, the relevant judicial authority is satisfied that—

(a)at the time of the giving or renewal of the notice—

(i)there were reasonable grounds for believing that the requirements of section 22(1) and (5) were satisfied in relation to the notice, and

(ii)the relevant conditions were satisfied in relation to the notice, and

(b)at the time when the relevant judicial authority is considering the matter, there remain reasonable grounds for believing that the requirements of section 22(1) and (5) are satisfied in relation to the notice.

(5)For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4) the relevant conditions are—

(a)in relation to any grant, giving or renewal by an individual holding an office, rank or position in a local authority in England, Wales or Scotland, that—

(i)the individual was a designated person for the purposes of this Chapter,

(ii)the grant, giving or renewal was not in breach of any restrictions imposed by virtue of section 25(3), and

(iii)any other conditions that may be provided for by an order made by the Secretary of State were satisfied,

(b)in relation to a grant, giving or renewal, for any purpose relating to a Northern Ireland excepted or reserved matter, by an individual holding an office, rank or position in a district council in Northern Ireland, that—

(i)the individual was a designated person for the purposes of this Chapter,

(ii)the grant, giving or renewal was not in breach of any restrictions imposed by virtue of section 25(3), and

(iii)any other conditions that may be provided for by an order made by the Secretary of State were satisfied, and

(c)in relation to any other grant, giving or renewal by a relevant person, that any conditions that may be provided for by an order made by the Secretary of State were satisfied.

(6)In this section—

  • local authority in England” means—

    (a)

    a district or county council in England,

    (b)

    a London borough council,

    (c)

    the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a local authority, or

    (d)

    the Council of the Isles of Scilly,

  • local authority in Scotland” means a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994,

  • local authority in Wales” means any county council or county borough council in Wales,

  • Northern Ireland excepted or reserved matter” means an excepted or reserved matter (within the meaning of section 4(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998),

  • Northern Ireland transferred matter” means a transferred matter (within the meaning of section 4(1) of the Act of 1998),

  • relevant judicial authority” means—

    (a)

    in relation to England and Wales, a justice of the peace,

    (b)

    in relation to Scotland, a sheriff, and

    (c)

    in relation to Northern Ireland, a district judge (magistrates' courts) in Northern Ireland,

  • relevant person” means—

    (a)

    an individual holding—

    (i)

    an office, rank or position in a local authority in England or Wales, or

    (ii)

    an office, rank or position in a local authority in Scotland (other than an office, rank or position in a fire and rescue authority),

    (b)

    also, in relation to a grant, giving or renewal for any purpose relating to a Northern Ireland excepted or reserved matter, an individual holding an office, rank or position in a district council in Northern Ireland, and

    (c)

    also, in relation to any grant, giving or renewal of a description that may be prescribed for the purposes of this subsection by an order made by the Secretary of State or every grant, giving or renewal if so prescribed, a person of a description so prescribed.

(7)No order of the Secretary of State—

(a)may be made under subsection (6) unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House;

(b)may be made under this section so far as it makes provision which, if it were contained in an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly, would be within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly and would deal with a Northern Ireland transferred matter.]

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