Legal Reform Bill - continued        House of Commons

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  PART III
  GENERAL
Interpretation.     21. In this Act-
 
 
    "advice" means oral or written advice on the application of law to any particular circumstances that have arisen in relation to the person seeking the advice and as to the steps which that person might appropriately take having regard to the application of law to those circumstances;
 
    "assistance" means assistance in taking any of the steps which a person might take including steps with respect to proceedings, having regard to the application of law to any particular circumstances that have arisen in relation to him whether by taking such steps on his behalf (including assistance by way of representation) or by assisting him in taking them on his own behalf;
 
    "lawyer" includes barristers and solicitors who are qualified to practice;
 
    "legal services" means advice, assistance, and representation with respect to the application of law to any particular circumstances that have arisen in relation to the person seeking such advice, assistance or representation and includes all necesary and ancillary professional services;
 
    "National Legal Service" means the national legal service constituted by this Act to provide the legal services as herein defined;
 
    "representation" means representation for the purposes of proceedings and includes-
 
      (a) all such assistance as is usually given by a solicitor or counsel in the steps preliminary or incidental to any proceedings,
 
      (b) all such assistance as is usually so given in civil proceedings in arriving at or giving effect to a compromise to avoid or bring to an end any proceedings,
 
      (c) in the case of criminal proceedings, advice and assistance as to any appeal
 
    and related expressions have corresponding meanings.
Parliamentary procedure for regulations.     22. Any power to make regulations under this Act shall be exercisable by statutory instrument but no regulations shall be made unless a draft of them has first been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the House of Commons.
 
Financial provisions.     23. - (1) There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament-
 
 
    (a) any expenses incurred by any Minister of the Crown or government department in consequence of any provision of this Act, and
 
    (b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.
      (2) Any sums received by any Minister of the Crown or government department by virtue of this Act shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
 
Repeals.     24. The Schedule (repeals) has effect.
 
Short title, commencement and extent.     25. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Legal Reform Act 1998.
 
      (2) This Act shall come into force one year after it has obtained Royal Assent.
 
      (3) This Act shall apply to England and Wales except that insofar as it relates to courts martial or military courts it shall apply to any place where any court martial or military court might be properly constituted under legislation in effect immediately before this Act obtained Royal Assent.
 
 
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