Administration of Justice Act 1977

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The Administration of Justice Act 1977[1]
Long title An Act to make further provision with respect to the administration of justice and matters connected therewith, to alter the method of protecting mortgages of registered land and to amend the law relating to oaths and affirmations and to the interest of a surviving spouse in an intestate’s estate.
Citation 1977 c 38
Royal assent 29 July 1977
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Administration of Justice Act 1977 (c 38) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Part I - General[edit]

Section 6 - Temporary additional judges for Employment Appeal Tribunal[edit]

This section was repealed by section 159(3) of, and Schedule 17 to, the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978.

Section 8 - Oaths and affirmations[edit]

This section was repealed on 31 July 1978 by Part I of the Schedule to the Oaths Act 1978.

Part II - England and Wales[edit]

Section 9 - Appeals[edit]

This section was repealed by section 152(4) of, and Schedule 7 to, the Senior Courts Act 1981.

Section 10 - Appointment to office[edit]

This section was repealed by section 152(4) of, and Schedule 7 to, the Senior Courts Act 1981.

Section 23 - Jurisdiction of ancient courts[edit]

This section, with Schedule 4 and Part V of Schedule 5, implemented recommendations made, in the report "Jurisdiction of Certain Ancient Courts",[2] by the Law Commission. It provided that certain courts would cease to have jurisdiction to hear and determine legal proceedings, but could continue to sit and transact other business it could customarily transact. The courts affected were Courts Baron, Courts Leet, Customary Courts of the manor, Courts of Pie Poudre, Courts of the Staple, Courts of the clerks of the markets (or clerk of the market), Hundred Courts, Law Days, Views of Frankpledge, Common law (or Sheriffs’) county courts as known before the passing of the County Courts Act 1846, The Basingstoke Court of Ancient Demesne, The Coventry Court of Orphans, The Great Grimsby Foreign Court, The King’s Lynn Court of Tolbooth, In the City of London, the Court of Husting and the Sheriffs’ Courts for the Poultry Compter and the Giltspur Street Compter, The Macclesfield Court of Portmote, The Maidstone Court of Conservancy, The Melcombe Regis Court of Husting, The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Courts of Conscience or Requests and Conservancy, The Norwich Court of Mayoralty, The Peterborough Dean and Chapter’s Court of Common Pleas, The Ramsey (Cambridgeshire) Court of Pleas, The Ripon Court Military, The Ripon Dean and Chapter’s Canon Fee Court, The St. Albans Court of Requests, The Court of the Hundred, Manor and Borough of Tiverton, The York Courts of Husting, Guildhall and Conservancy, The Ancient Prescriptive Court of Wells, The Cheney (or Cheyney) Court of the Bishop of Winchester.

It also limited the Court of the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and the Cambridge University Chancellor’s Court to jurisdiction under the statutes of those Universities.

Part III - Other provisions[edit]

Section 32 - Citation etc[edit]

The following orders were made under section 32(6):


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 32(1) of this Act.
  2. ^ The Law Commission. Jurisdiction of Certain Ancient Courts. Law Com 72. Cmnd 6385. HMSO. London. February 1976.

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