Administration of Justice Act 1965

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1965 c. 2


Administration of JusticeAct 1965

1965 CHAPTER 2

An Act to enable common investment funds to be established for the investment of moneys in certain courts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and certain other moneys; to make fresh provision for dealing with funds in the Supreme Court of Judicature in England and to amend the law concerning dealing with funds in county courts in England and Wales or in the Mayor's and City of London Court; to amend the law concerning giving security by way of making a deposit with the Accountant General of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England; to make miscellaneous amendments of the law relating to that court and to inferior courts in England and Wales; to amend section 8 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1879; to enable benefits under section 10 of the Courts of Justice Concentration (Site) Act 1865 to be commuted into capital sums; to amend the War Pensions (Administrative Provisions) Act 1919; to enlarge the legislative power of the Parliament of Northern Ireland and amend the Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) Act 1930; to repeal certain obsolete, spent, unnecessary or superseded enactments; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

[23rd March 1965]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I Funds in Court in England and Wales

Part I

Funds in Court in England and Wales

Common Investment Funds for Investment of Money in Court and Statutory Deposits

Common Investment Funds for Investment of Money in Court and Statutory Deposits

S-1 Schemes for establishment of common investment funds.

1 Schemes for establishment of common investment funds.

(1) Schemes establishing common investment funds for the purpose of the investment therein of moneys in the Supreme Court, moneys in county courts, moneys in the Mayor's and City of London Court and statutory deposits may be made by the Lord Chancellor.

(2) Such a scheme (hereafter in this Act referred to as a ‘common investment scheme’) shall provide for the fund thereby established to be under the management and control of the Public Trustee and for the investment by him in accordance with the provisions of this section of sums of money transferred to the fund in pursuance of rules made under the following provisions of this Act with respect to funds in the Supreme Court, rules made under section 168 of the County Courts Act 1959 with respect to funds in county courts, rules made under section 169 of that Act with respect to funds in the Mayor's and City of London Court or statutory deposit regulations.

(3) A common investment scheme shall make provision for treating the fund thereby established as being divided into shares, and a sum invested therein as being represented by a number of shares determined by reference to that sum and the value of the fund at the time when the investment was made.

(4) A common investment scheme shall make provision for the allotment of the shares into which the fund thereby established is divided to, and their holding by, the Accountant General, but no other person.

(5) Moneys comprised in the fund established by a common investment scheme may be invested by the Public Trustee in any way in which he thinks fit, whether or not authorised by the general law in relation to trust funds.

(6) A common investment scheme may, without prejudice to the foregoing provisions of this section, make provision for, and for all matters connected with, the establishment, investment, management and winding up of the fund thereby established and may in particular include provision—

(a ) for regulating the allotment to, and the realisation by, the Accountant General of shares in the fund, and for the payment by the Accountant General for shares therein allotted to him, and by the Public Trustee for shares realised by the Accountant General;

(b ) for regulating the distribution of income and its payment to the Accountant General, and for enabling income to be withheld from distribution with a view to avoiding fluctuations in the amounts distributed;

(c ) for determining, without regard to any rule of law applicable to trust funds, whether any cash or property received by the Public Trustee in respect of property comprised in the fund shall be treated as income or as capital and, where necessary, for its apportionment between income and capital;

(d ) for enabling moneys to be borrowed temporarily for the purpose of the management or improvement of any property comprised in the fund or otherwise for the purpose of meeting payments to be made out of the fund;

(e ) for any incidental or supplementary matters for which it appears to the Lord Chancellor requisite or expedient to make provision for the purposes of the scheme.

(7) The Public Trustee shall not be required or entitled to take account of any trusts or equities affecting any share in a fund established by a common investment scheme.

(8) There shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund any increase attributable to this section in the sums payable out of that Fund under section 7 of the Public Trustee Act 1906.

(9) The power conferred by subsection (1) of this section to make a common investment scheme shall include power exercisable in the like manner to vary or revoke such a scheme.

S-2 Consequential modifications of Public Trustee Act 1906.

2 Consequential modifications of Public Trustee Act 1906.

(1) The Public Trustee Act 1906 shall have effect subject to the following modifications:—

(a ) in section 8(5) of that Act (which provides for the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of the expenses of carrying that Act into effect) the reference to that Act shall be construed as including a reference to common investment schemes;

(b ) in section 9(1) of that Act (which provides for the charge of fees in respect of the duties of the Public Trustee) the reference to those duties shall be construed as referring as well to his duties under schemes made under the foregoing section as to his duties under that Act;

(c ) in section 9(3) of that Act (which provides for the payment of fees into the Exchequer so far as they are not applied as an appropriation in aid of moneys provided by Parliament for expenses under that Act) and in section 9(4) thereof (which requires fees to be so arranged as to produce an annual amount sufficient to discharge the expenses incidental to the working of that Act) the references to that Act shall be construed as including references to common investment schemes.

(2) The following provisions of the Public Trustee Act 1906, that is to say,—

(a ) so much of section 11(2) of that Act as requires the Public Trustee to take into consideration the wishes of the creator of the trust and of the other trustees and of the beneficiaries; and

(b ) section 13 of that Act (investigation and auditing of accounts of trust);

shall not have effect in relation to the trusts constituted by a common investment scheme.

Funds in the Supreme Court

Funds in the Supreme Court

S-3 Accountant General to maintain an account at Bank of England.

3 Accountant General to maintain an account at Bank of England.

3. The Accountant General shall maintain an account at the Bank of England and shall pay into that Bank to the credit of that account all sums received by him and out of that Bank to the debit of that account all sums payable by him.

S-4 Mode of effecting payment of money and transfer of securities, &c., into Supreme Court.

4 Mode of effecting payment of money and transfer of securities, &c., into Supreme Court.

(1) The payment of money into the Supreme Court shall, except in a case in which it is made in connection with a cause or matter (as respectively defined by section 225 of the Supreme Court of Judicature (Consolidation) Act 1925 ) proceeding in a district registry established by virtue of section 84 of that Act, be effected by paying it into the Bank of England to the credit of the Accountant General's account and, in the said excepted case, shall be effected in such manner as may be prescribed in relation to that registry by rules made by the Lord Chancellor with the concurrence of the Treasury.

(2) The transfer into the Supreme Court of securities (other than such as are transferable by delivery) shall be effected by transferring them to the Accountant General.

(3) The deposit in the Supreme Court of effects, and the transfer into that court of securities transferable by delivery, shall be effected by delivering them to the Bank of England to hold them in custody to the Accountant General's order.

S-5 Transmission of money, &c., from Accountant General to successor.

5 Transmission of money, &c., from Accountant General to successor.

5. Money and securities held by the Accountant General shall vest in his successor in office without any assignment or transfer.

S-6 Mode in which money in Supreme Court may be dealt with.

6 Mode in which money in Supreme Court may be dealt with.

(1) Save in a case in which it is provided by an order of the court that it shall not be placed or invested as mentioned in the following provisions of this subsection, and subject to any provision to the contrary made by rules made under the next following section, a sum of money in the Supreme Court (not being a sum the...

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