Transfer of Functions (Magistrates' Courts and Family Law) Order 1992

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1992/709

1992 No. 709

MINISTERS OF THE CROWN

The Transfer of Functions (Magistrates' Courts and Family Law) Order 1992

Made 12th March 1992

Laid before Parliament 13th March 1992

Coming into force 1st April 1992

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 12th day of March 1992

Present,

The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Her Majesty, in pursuance of section 1 of the Ministers of the Crown Act 19751, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Transfer of Functions (Magistrates' Courts and Family Law) Order 1992.

(2) This Order shall come into force on 1st April 1992.

S-2 Transfer of functions relating to magistrates' courts and related matters

Transfer of functions relating to magistrates' courts and related matters

2.—(1) The functions of the Secretary of State under—

(a)

(a) the Justices of the Peace Act 19792,

(b)

(b) any rules or regulations made under the Act of 1979, and

(c)

(c) the provisions specified in Schedule 1 to this Order (which confer functions in respect of magistrates' courts committees, the committee of magistrates, juvenile courts, the powers of magistrates' courts, justices' clerks, proceedings in magistrates' courts and connected matters),

are hereby transferred to the Lord Chancellor.

(2) In paragraph (1) above the reference to rules and regulations made under the Act of 1979 includes a reference to any rules or regulations having effect as if made under that Act or which continue to have effect by virtue of any provision of that Act.

(3) In—

(a)

(a) the provisions mentioned in paragraph (1) above, except the provisions mentioned in paragraph (4) below, and

(b)

(b) section 20(5) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 19853(application of section 61(4) of the Act of 1979 to the recovery, under regulations made under section 20, of sums paid by the Legal Aid Board or out of central funds),

for the words “Secretary of State”, wherever they occur, there shall be substituted “Lord Chancellor”.

(4) The provisions referred to in paragraph (3) above are—

(a)

(a) section 38(4) of and Schedule 1 to the Act of 1979; and

(b)

(b) in the Justices of the Peace Act 1949 (Compensation) Regulations 19784, in regulation 2(1) (interpretation), the definition of local authority.

(5) In section 38(4) of the Act of 1979 (power of either the Lord Chancellor or the Secretary of State to require committee of magistrates to consider and report on certain matters) the words “or the Secretary of State” shall be omitted.

(6) In the Petty Sessions Areas (Divisions and Names) Regulations 19885, in regulation 6, for the words “Home Office, Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AT by a date” there shall be substituted “at an address and by a date”.

S-3 Transfer of certain functions relating to family law

Transfer of certain functions relating to family law

3.—(1) The functions of the Secretary of State under the provisions specified in Schedule 2 to this Order (which confer miscellaneous functions with respect to family law) are hereby transferred to the Lord Chancellor.

(2) In the provisions specified in that Schedule for the words “Secretary of State”, wherever they occur, there shall be substituted “Lord Chancellor”.

S-4 Transfer of functions relating to reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders

Transfer of functions relating to reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders

4.—(1) The functions of the Secretary of State—

(a)

(a) under the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act 19206,

(b)

(b) arising by virtue of—

(i) paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the South Africa Act 19627, or

(ii) paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 to the Zimbabwe Act 19798

(which continue the operation of the Act of 1920 in relation to the Republic of South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively), or

(c)

(c) under any rules made under the Act of 1920,

are hereby transferred to the Lord Chancellor.

(2) In the provisions mentioned in paragraph (1) above (including the provisions of the Act of 1920 continued as mentioned in that paragraph) any reference to the Secretary of State shall be construed as a reference to the Lord Chancellor.

(3) The functions of the Secretary of State—

(a)

(a) under the Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 19729,

(b)

(b) arising by virtue of—

(i) the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (Republic of Ireland) Order 197410(which applies Part I of the Act of 1972, with modifications, in relation to the Republic of Ireland),

(ii) the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (Hague Convention Countries) Order 197911(which applies Part I of the Act of 1972, with modifications, in relation to the Hague Convention countries), or

(iii) the Recovery of Maintenance (United States of America) Order 197912(which applies Part II of the Act of 1972, with modifications, in relation to specified States of the United States of America), or

(c)

(c) under any rules or regulations made under or by virtue of the Act of 1972 or by virtue of any Order mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) above,

apart from the functions mentioned in paragraph (4) below, are hereby transferred to the Lord Chancellor.

(4) The functions referred to in paragraph (3) above are the functions of the Secretary of State in so far as they relate to any matter concerning—

(a)

(a) a court in Scotland; or

(b)

(b) a person residing in Scotland or having assets there or believed to reside or have assets there.

(5) In the provisions referred to in paragraph (3) above, (including the provisions of the Act of 1972 as applied or modified as mentioned in that paragraph) references to the Secretary of State shall be construed, so far as necessary, as references to the Lord Chancellor.

(6) The functions of the Secretary of State under—

(a)

(a) section 5(1) of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 198213(recognition and enforcement of maintenance orders), and

(b)

(b) any provision of rules 3 to 14 of the Magistrates' Courts (Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982) Rules 198614,

as respects England and Wales are hereby transferred to the Lord Chancellor.

(7) In section 5(1) of the Act of 1982 for paragraphs (a) and (b) there shall be substituted—

“(a)

“(a) as respects England and Wales and Northern Ireland, by the Lord...

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