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(e) in subsection (3) for “judge” substitute “court”, and

(f) in subsection (4) as having effect pending its being so substituted—

(i) for “the judge” substitute “a judge”, and

(ii) omit “by the district judge”.

(21) 5In section 64(1)(a) and (2)(a) after “proceedings” insert “in the county court”.

(22) In section 64(3) and (4) for “judge” substitute “court”.

(23) In section 64(4) for each of “he” and “him” substitute “it”.

(24) In section 65—

(a) in subsection (1) for the words from “the judge” to “referee”
10substitute “a judge of the county court may refer to another judge of
the county court or a”,

(b) omit subsection (2),

(c) in subsection (3) for the words from “subsection” to “direct”
substitute “subsection (1), a judge of the county court may direct”,
15and

(d) in subsection (4)—

(i) for “The judge” substitute “A judge of the county court”,

(ii) for the words from “refer” to “account” substitute “refer to
another judge of the county court any mere matter of
20account”, and

(iii) for the words after “judgment” substitute “on the other
judge’s report.”

(25) In section 67 for “At any county court where proceedings” substitute “Where
any proceedings in the county court”.

(26) 25In section 68 for “the judge” substitute “a judge of the court”.

(27) In section 71(2)—

(a) before “court”, where it first appears, insert “county”, and

(b) after “proceedings”, where it first appears, insert “in the court”.

(28) In section 72(1) omit “same or in another”.

(29) 30In section 77(1) (appeals) for “the judge” substitute “a judge”.

(30) In section 77(1A) (rules about appeals from district judges)—

(a) omit “under section 75”,

(b) for “district judge, assistant district judge or deputy district judge”
substitute “judge of the county court”, and

(c) 35for “be to a” substitute “be to another”.

(31) In section 79(1) for “county courts” substitute “the county court”.

(32) In section 82 (decision of Court of Appeal on probate appeals is final) for
“probate proceedings” substitute “proceedings in respect of any contentious
matter arising with any grant, or revocation, of probate or administration
40that under section 105 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 has been applied for
through the principal registry of the Family Division or a district probate
registry”.

(33) In section 83(2) (judge to adjourn stayed proceedings)—

(a) omit “the judge of”, and

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(b) for “he” substitute “the court”.

(34) In section 84 (prohibition)—

(a) in subsection (1) for “any county court” substitute “the county court”,

(b) in subsection (2) for “the judge of the county court shall not be served
5with notice of it, and shall not,” substitute “no judge of the county
court is to be served with notice of it or,”, and

(c) in subsection (2) in the words after paragraph (b)—

(i) for “the judge” substitute “a judge of the county court”, and

(ii) after “a judge” insert “of the county court”.

(35) 10In section 85 (execution of judgments and orders)—

(a) in subsection (2) for “The registrar,” substitute “A judge of the county
court,”,

(b) in subsection (2) for “the district of the court” substitute “England
and Wales”, and

(c) 15in subsection (3) omit “to the registrar” and “by him”.

(36) In section 87 (execution to be suspended on payment)—

(a) in subsection (1) for “registrar” substitute “court”, and

(b) in subsection (2) omit “the registrar of” and “from which the warrant
is issued”.

(37) 20In section 90 (custody of goods seized) for “registrar”, in both places,
substitute “court”.

(38) In section 91 (disposal of securities seized) for “registrar” substitute “county
court”.

(39) In section 92 (penalty for rescuing goods seized)—

(a) 25in subsection (1) for “judge”, in both places, substitute “county
court”,

(b) in subsection (1) for “a bailiff” substitute “an officer”, and

(c) in subsection (2) for “The judge” substitute “A judge of the county
court”.

(40) 30In section 95 (appointment of brokers, appraisers etc)—

(a) in subsections (1) and (2) for “The registrar” substitute “A judge of
the county court”, and

(b) in subsection (3) for “The judge or registrar” substitute “A judge of
the county court”.

(41) 35In section 96(1) (power to appoint bailiff as broker or appraiser) for “The
judge” substitute “A judge of the county court”.

(42) In section 97 (sale under execution)—

(a) for “registrar”, in each place, substitute “court”, and

(b) in subsection (1) omit “from which the warrant of execution issued”.

(43) 40In section 98 (protection of person selling goods under execution without
notice of third-party claim)—

(a) in subsection (1) in the words before paragraph (a) for “registrar or
other officer”, in both places, substitute “person”,

(b) in subsection (1)(b) for “district judge or other officer” substitute
45“person”, and

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(c) in subsection (2) for “registrar or other officer” substitute “person
who sold the goods”.

(44) In section 99 (effect of warrants of execution) as having effect until replaced
by the section 99 that is to be substituted by the Tribunals, Courts and
5Enforcement Act 2007—

(a) in subsection (1) omit “the registrar of”,

(b) in subsection (2)(a) omit “registrar of a”,

(c) in subsection (2)(a) for the words after “application” substitute
“remained unexecuted in the hands of a person charged with its
10execution; or”,

(d) in subsection (3) for “registrar” substitute “county court”, and

(e) in subsection (3) for each of “him” and “he” substitute “the court”.

(45) In section 100 (sale of goods to which claim is made)—

(a) for “judge”, in each place, substitute “court”, and

(b) 15in subsection (4) for “the registrar” substitute “a judge of the court”.

(46) In section 101 (interpleader)—

(a) in subsection (1)—

(i) for “registrar” substitute “court”, and

(ii) for “against him” substitute “in respect of the claim”,

(b) 20in subsection (2) for “any county court or” substitute “the county
court or any”, and

(c) in subsection (3)—

(i) for “judge” substitute “court”,

(ii) for “and the registrar” substitute “and the person executing
25the warrant”, and

(iii) omit “by the registrar”.

(47) In section 102(7) for “registrar” substitute “court”.

(48) In section 103 (execution out of jurisdiction of a county court) omit
subsections (1) to (5).

(49) 30In section 104 (information about writs and warrants)—

(a) in subsection (1) for “the district judge of a” substitute “a judge of
the”,

(b) in subsection (1) in the words after paragraph (b) omit “district”, and

(c) in subsection (3) omit “district”.

(50) 35In section 110 (penalty for non-attendance) for “judge”, in each place,
substitute “court”.

(51) In Part 6 (administration orders) as having effect until replaced by the Part 6
that is to be substituted by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act
2007—

(a) 40in section 112(2) omit the definition of “the appropriate court”,

(b) for “appropriate court”, in each place except section 112(2),
substitute “county court”,

(c) in section 113(a)(ii) for “in the office of the county court for the
district in which the debtor resides” substitute “on an appropriate
45website”,

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(d) in section 113(b) and (d) (references to district judge) for “registrar”
substitute “county court”,

(e) in section 114(2)—

(i) for “any county court in which proceedings” substitute
5“when an administration order is made, the county court is to
stay any proceedings in the county court which”, and

(ii) omit “shall, on receiving notice of the administration order,
stay the proceedings”,

(f) in section 114(3) for the words after “operate” substitute “as a
10requirement to stay any proceedings in bankruptcy which are
pending against the debtor.”, and

(g) in section 115(1)—

(i) omit “the registrar of”, and

(ii) for “he” substitute “the court”.

(52) 15In Part 6 (administration orders) as substituted by the Tribunals, Courts and
Enforcement Act 2007—

(a) omit “proper”, in each place except section 112AA(3),

(b) in section 112L(7)(a) omit “(within the meaning of Part 6A)”,

(c) in section 112N(3) for “the judge” substitute “a judge of the county
20court”,

(d) omit section 112N(6) (district judge may exercise powers of judge),
and

(e) omit section 112AA(3) and (4) (meaning of “proper county court”).

(53) In Part 6A (enforcement restriction orders)—

(a) 25omit “proper”, in each place,

(b) in section 117I(7)(a) omit “(within the meaning of Part 6)”,

(c) in section 117K(3) for “the judge” substitute “a judge of the county
court”,

(d) omit section 117K(6) (district judge may exercise powers of judge),

(e) 30in section 117R(3) omit “, or another court whilst it was previously
the proper county court,”, and

(f) omit section 117T(3) and (4) (meaning of “proper county court”).

(54) In section 118 (power to commit for contempt)—

(a) in subsection (1)(a) for “the judge” substitute “a judge”,

(b) 35in subsection (2) for “The judge” substitute “A judge of the county
court”, and

(c) omit subsection (3) (district judge may exercise powers of judge).

(55) In section 119(1) (order of committal to be directed to district judge) for
“registrar” substitute “officers”.

(56) 40In section 120 (prisons to which committals to be made) omit “judge of any”.

(57) In section 121 (power to order discharge from prison)—

(a) omit “a judge of”, and

(b) for “the judge”, in both places, substitute “the court”.

(58) Omit section 122 (execution of committal orders by other county courts).

(59) 45In section 123 (responsibility for acts and defaults of officers)—

(a) for “Every registrar” substitute “The county court”, and

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(b) for “himself and of the bailiffs appointed to assist him” substitute “its
bailiffs and other officers”.

(60) In section 124 (liability of bailiff for neglect to levy execution)—

(a) in subsection (1) for the words after “complain” substitute “to the
5court.”, and

(b) in subsection (2) for “judge” substitute “court”.

(61) In section 125(1) (execution of warrants) for “a court” substitute “the court”.

(62) In section 126(1) (actions against bailiffs acting under warrants) for
“registrar” substitute “county court”.

(63) 10In section 129 (enforcement of fines)—

(a) for “any court” substitute “the county court”, and

(b) for “judge” substitute “court”.

(64) In section 131 (appointment of auditors etc) for “county courts” substitute
“the county court”.

(65) 15In section 132 (payment of salaries and expenses)—

(a) in paragraph (b) for “courts and” substitute “the county court and
its”, and

(b) in paragraphs (c) and (d) for “courts”, in each place, substitute
“county court”.

(66) 20In section 133 (proof of service) for “a court”, in both places, substitute “the
court”.

(67) In section 137(2) (lessee’s failure to give notice) for “any county court or”
substitute “the county court or any”.

(68) In section 147(1) (interpretation)—

(a) 25omit the definition of “Admiralty county court”,

(b) for the definition of “Admiralty proceedings” substitute—

(c) 30for the definition of “court” and “county court” substitute—

(d) omit the definition of “district” and “county district”,

(e) omit the definition of “judge”,

(f) in the definition of “officer” for the words from “in relation” to
35“clerk,” substitute “in relation to the county court, means any clerk,”,

(g) omit the definition of “part-time registrar” and “part-time assistant
registrar”,

(h) omit the definition of “probate proceedings”, and

(i) omit the definition of “registrar” and “registrar of a county court”.

(69) 40In Schedule 1 (replevin)—

(a) in paragraph 1(2)—

(i) for “The registrar for the district in which any goods subject
to replevin are taken” substitute “Where any goods subject to
replevin are taken, the county court”, and

(ii) 45for “a bailiff” substitute “an officer”,

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(b) in paragraph 1(3) for “registrar” substitute “court”, and

(c) in paragraph 2(2)—

(i) for “registrar having power in the matter” substitute “county
court”, and

(ii) 5for “registrar thinks” substitute “court thinks”.

(70) In Schedule 3 (transitional provisions) after paragraph 5 insert—

5A Any reference that would otherwise fall to be construed in
accordance in with paragraph 5 is instead to be construed as a
reference to the county court established under section A1.

(71) 10In paragraph 7 of Schedule 3 (references to high bailiffs) for “registrar”
substitute “judge of the county court”.

Part 2 Other amendments

General modification

11 (1) 15In relevant legislation, but subject to any amendments or repeals made by or
under this Act—

(a) any reference (however expressed) that is or is deemed to be a
reference to a county court held under section 1 of the County Courts
Act 1984 is to be read as a reference to the county court established
20by section A1 of that Act, and

(b) any reference (however expressed) that is or is deemed to be a
reference to a judge of a county court held under section 1 of that Act
(including, for example, any reference to the judge of such a county
court and any reference to a judge for, or assigned to, the district of
25such a county court) is—

(i) if the context permits, to be read as a reference to the county
court established under section A1 of that Act, and

(c) otherwise is to be read as a reference to a judge of the county court established under that section.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1)(b) does not apply to a reference to a holder of a particular
30office (for example, a reference to a Circuit judge) even though holders of the
office were, or might have been, judges of county courts held under section
1 of that Act.

(3) In sub-paragraph (1) “relevant legislation” means—

(a) an Act passed no later than the end of the Session in which this Act
35is passed, but not the County Courts Act 1984,

(b) an Act or Measure of the National Assembly for Wales passed no
later than the end of that Session, or

(c) an instrument made under an Act (including a future Act), or under
an Act or Measure of the National Assembly for Wales (including a
40future Act of that Assembly), if—

(i) made no later than the coming into force of sub-paragraph
(1), or

(ii) made later than the coming into force of sub-paragraph (1)
but after having been approved in draft before the coming

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into force of that sub-paragraph by at least one House of
Parliament or by the National Assembly for Wales.

Literary and Scientific Institutions Act 1854 (c. 112)Literary and Scientific Institutions Act 1854 (c. 112)

12 In section 29 of the Literary and Scientific Institutions Act 1854—

(a) 5omit “the judge of”,

(b) omit “of the district in which the principal building of the institution
shall be situated,”, and

(c) for “he”, in each place, substitute “it”.

Commons Act 1876 (c. 56)Commons Act 1876 (c. 56)

13 10In section 30 of the Commons Act 1876 (jurisdiction of county court in
respect of illegal inclosures)—

(a) for the words before “shall have jurisdiction” substitute “The county
court”, and

(b) for “upon such” substitute “upon any”.

15Bankers’ Books Evidence Act 1879 (c. 11)Bankers’ Books Evidence Act 1879 (c. 11)

14 In section 10 (interpretation) for “The judge of a county court” substitute “A
judge of the county court”.

Bills of Sale Act (1878) Amendment Act 1882 (c. 43)Bills of Sale Act (1878) Amendment Act 1882 (c. 43)

15 In section 11 of the Bills of Sale Act (1878) Amendment Act 1882 (local
20registration of contents of bills of sale)—

(a) in the first sentence, for the words after “contents of such bill of sale
to the” substitute “county court”, and

(b) in the second sentence omit the words between “indexed by the” and
“county court”.

25Law of Distress Amendment Act 1888 (c. 21)Law of Distress Amendment Act 1888 (c. 21)

16 In section 7 of the Law of Distress Amendment Act 1888 (distress to be levied
by certified bailiffs)—

(a) for “judge assigned to a county court district, or acting as a judge so
assigned” substitute “judge of the county court”, and

(b) 30omit the sentence beginning “A county court registrar may”.

Law of Distress Amendment Act 1895 (c. 24)Law of Distress Amendment Act 1895 (c. 24)

17 In section 1 of the Law of Distress Amendment Act 1895—

(a) for “the judge of a county court” substitute “a judge of the county
court”, and

(b) 35for “that county court” substitute “the county court”.

Stannaries Court (Abolition) Act 1896 (c. 45)Stannaries Court (Abolition) Act 1896 (c. 45)

18 (1) The Stannaries Court (Abolition) Act 1896 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 1(1) (abolition of Vice-Warden’s Court) omit the words from “and
be exercised” to the end.

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(3) In section 1 after subsection (1) insert—

(1A) The jurisdiction and powers transferred and vested under subsection
(1), so far as immediately before the coming into force of this
subsection they are vested in any of the county courts held under
5section 1 of the County Courts Act 1984, become jurisdiction and
powers of the county court to be exercised subject to and in
accordance with rules of court.

(4) In section 4(1) (reference of disputes to arbitration) for “a county court
exercising the jurisdiction of the Stannaries Court” substitute “the county
10court”.

Administration of Justice (Appeals) Act 1934 (c. 40)Administration of Justice (Appeals) Act 1934 (c. 40)

19 The Administration of Justice (Appeals) Act 1934 is repealed.

Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (c. 44)Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (c. 44)

20 In the Crown Proceedings Act 1947—

(a) 15for “a county court”, in each place except section 53(3)(a), substitute
“the county court”, and

(b) in sections 24(3) and 27(2) for “county courts” substitute “the county
court”.

Registered Designs Act 1949 (c. 88)Registered Designs Act 1949 (c. 88)

21 (1) 20The Registered Designs Act 1949 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 27(1)(a) (meaning of “the court”) for the words after “High”
substitute “Court,”.

(3) Omit section 27A(4) to (6) (references to patents county court).

Opencast Coal Act 1958 (c. 69)Opencast Coal Act 1958 (c. 69)

22 25In Schedule 8 to the Opencast Coal Act 1958 in paragraph 7 omit “the judge
of” and “having jurisdiction in the place where the land in question is
situated”.

Domestic and Appellate Proceedings (Restriction of Publicity) Act 1968 (c. 63)Domestic and Appellate Proceedings (Restriction of Publicity) Act 1968 (c. 63)

23 In section 1(4) of the Domestic and Appellate Proceedings (Restriction of
30Publicity) Act 1968 (courts to which section applies) for “a county court”
substitute “the county court”.

Courts Act 1971 (c. 23)Courts Act 1971 (c. 23)

24 Omit section 42(2) and (3) of the Courts Act 1971 (City of London to be a
county court district, and the county court for that district to be known as the
35Mayor’s and City of London Court).

Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 (c. 32)Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 (c. 32)

25 (1) The Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 is amended as follows.

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(2) In section 1(2)—

(a) for “A county court may” substitute “The county court may”, and

(b) for “county court rules” substitute “rules of court”.

(3) In that Act except section 1 (but subject to any specific amendments or
5repeals made by or under this Act in that Act)—

(a) for “a county court”, in each place, substitute “the county court”, and

(b) for “A county court”, in each place, substitute “The county court”.

(4) In section 6(7)(a) for “such county court as the order may specify” substitute
“the county court if the order so specifies”.

(5) 10In section 23 (enforcement provisions)—

(a) in subsections (1) and (1A), in each place, for “the judge” substitute
“the court”,

(b) in subsection (1A) for “he” substitute “the court”,

(c) in subsection (3) for “the county court judge” substitute “by the
15county court”,

(d) in subsection (4) after “judge” insert “or court”,

(e) in subsection (7)—

(i) for “a county court judge” substitute “by the county court”,
and

(ii) 20after “the judge” insert “or court”,

(f) in subsection (8) for “a county court judge”, in each place, substitute
“the county court”, and

(g) omit subsection (11) (powers under section of judge of county court
exercisable by district judge).

(6) 25In section 25(1) (interpretation) in the definition of “the court” for “county
courts” substitute “the county court”.

Solicitors Act 1974 (c. 47)Solicitors Act 1974 (c. 47)

26 In section 74 (assessment of county court costs)—

(a) in subsection (1) for “a county court” substitute “the county court”,
30and

(b) omit subsection (2) (district judge to be costs officer).

Patents Act 1977 (c. 37)Patents Act 1977 (c. 37)

27 In section 130(1) of the Patents Act 1977 (interpretation) in paragraph (a) of
the definition of “the court” for the words after “High” substitute “Court;”.

35Criminal Law Act 1977 (c. 45)Criminal Law Act 1977 (c. 45)

28 In section 10(6) (definitions) for paragraph (b) of the definition of “officer of
a court” substitute—

Senior Courts Act 1981 (c. 54)1981 (c. 54)

29 40In section 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 (costs)—

(a) in subsection (1)(c) (costs of county court proceedings) for “any”
substitute “the”, and

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(b) in subsection (8)(b) for “a county court” substitute “the county
court”.

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48)Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48)

30 (1) The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is amended as follows.

(2) 5In section 252(6)(a) (court which is to determine disputes as to Crown use of
designs) for the words after “High” substitute “Court,”.

(3) Omit sections 287 to 289 and 291 (patents county court).

Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41)Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41)

31 The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 is amended as follows.

32 (1) 10Section 1 (allocation of business between the High Court and county courts)
is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)(a) for “county courts have” substitute “the county court
has”.

(3) In subsection (1)(b) and (c) for “county courts” substitute “the county court”.

(4) 15In subsection (1)(e) and (g) for “a” substitute “the”.

(5) Omit subsections (4) to (6) (jurisdiction of particular county courts).

(6) In subsections (7)(a)(ii) and (10) for “any county court” substitute “the
county court”.

(7) In the title for “county courts” substitute “county court”.

33 (1) 20Section 11 (representation in certain county court cases) is amended as
follows.

(2) For “a county court”, in each place, substitute “the county court”.

(3) In subsection (5) for “a court” substitute “the county court”.

(4) In subsection (6) for “any county court” substitute “the county court”.

34 25In section 15(3) (costs of previous steps to enforce a judgment or order) for
“a county court” substitute “the county court”.

35 In section 71(3)(e) (meaning of “county court qualification”) for “county
courts” substitute “the county court”.

Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (c. 22)Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (c. 22)

36 30In section 49(a) (persons authorised to appear on behalf of Secretary of State)
for “before a district judge of a” substitute “the”.

Housing Act 1996 (c. 52)Housing Act 1996 (c. 52)

37 (1) The Housing Act 1996 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 143N(1) (demoted tenancies: jurisdiction of county court) for “A
35county” substitute “The county”.

(3) In section 158(1) (interpretation of Chapter 3 of Part 5) in the definition of

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