Extradition (Amendment) Act, 1987

Performance of certain functions of Attorney General.

5.—(1) The Attorney General may direct the Director of Public Prosecutions or an officer (being either a barrister or a solicitor) of the Attorney General designated by him to perform his functions under sections 44A and 44B (inserted by this Act) of the Principal Act during a period of illness or absence of the Attorney General.

(2) The Attorney General may, without prejudice to anything previously done thereunder, revoke a direction under this section at any time.

(3) Subsection (1) of section 4 of the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974 , shall not apply to the functions of the Attorney General under the said sections 44A and 44B but the reference in subsection (3) of the said section 4 to subsection (1) of that section shall include a reference to subsection (1) of this section.

(4) References to the Attorney General in the Principal Act shall be construed in accordance with any direction for the time being in force under this section.