Courthouses (Provision and Maintenance) Act, 1935

Duty of councils to provide courthouse accommodation.

3.—(1) Save as is otherwise provided by this Act, every council shall provide and shall maintain in the functional area of such council such courthouse accommodation for the following purposes as the Minister shall direct either generally or in any particular case, that is to say:—

(a) for the sittings of any Court of Justice sittings of which are held in such functional area, including retiring rooms for the Judge or Justice presiding in such Court and retiring rooms for members of the legal profession, litigants and witnesses attending the sittings of any such Court, and

(b) for the transaction of the business by law assigned to or usually transacted in or by any office or officer of any such Court, both during the sitting of such Court and at all other times, whether such business is Court business or not, and

(c) for the transaction of the business of the office of the under-sheriff where and so long as such office exists.

(2) Courthouse accommodation which is, immediately before the passing of this Act, maintained by a council, for all or any of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing sub-section of this section shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been provided by such council in pursuance of this Act and this Act shall apply thereto accordingly.