Northern Ireland Bill - continued        House of Commons
SCHEDULE 11, DEVOLUTION ISSUES - continued

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  PART IV
  PROCEEDINGS IN SCOTLAND
 
Application of Part IV
     21. This Part of this Schedule applies in relation to devolution issues in proceedings in Scotland.
 
 
Institution of proceedings
     22. - (1) Proceedings for the determination of a devolution issue may be instituted or defended by the Lord Advocate or the Attorney General for Northern Ireland.
 
      (2) This paragraph is without prejudice to any power to institute or defend proceedings exercisable apart from this paragraph by any person.
 
 
Intimation of devolution issue
     23. A court or tribunal shall order intimation of any devolution issue which arises in any proceedings before it to be given to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland (unless he is a party to the proceedings).
 
     24. Where intimation is given to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland in pursuance of paragraph 23, he may take part as a party in the proceedings, so far as they relate to a devolution issue.
 
 
Reference of devolution issue to higher court
     25. A court, other than the House of Lords or any court consisting of three or more judges of the Court of Session, may refer any devolution issue which arises in proceedings (other than criminal proceedings) before it to the Inner House of the Court of Session.
 
     26. A tribunal from which there is no appeal shall refer any devolution issue which arises in proceedings before it to the Inner House of the Court of Session; and any other tribunal may make such a reference.
 
     27. A court, other than any court consisting of two or more judges of the High Court of Justiciary, may refer any devolution issue which arises in criminal proceedings before it to the High Court of Justiciary.
 
 
References from superior courts to Judicial Committee
     28. Any court consisting of three or more judges of the Court of Session may refer any devolution issue which arises in proceedings before it (otherwise than on a reference under paragraph 25 or 26) to the Judicial Committee.
 
     29. Any court consisting of two or more judges of the High Court of Justiciary may refer any devolution issue which arises in proceedings before it (otherwise than on a reference under paragraph 27) to the Judicial Committee.
 
 
Appeals from superior courts to Judicial Committee
     30. An appeal against a determination of a devolution issue by the Inner House of the Court of Session on a reference under paragraph 25 or 26 shall lie to the Judicial Committee.
 
     31. An appeal against a determination of a devolution issue by-
 
 
    (a) a court of two or more judges of the High Court of Justiciary (whether in the ordinary course of proceedings or on a reference under paragraph 27); or
 
    (b) a court of three or more judges of the Court of Session from which there is no appeal to the House of Lords,
  shall lie to the Judicial Committee, but only with leave of the court concerned or, failing such leave, with special leave of the Judicial Committee.
 
 
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