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(1) This section applies if an interested party makes an application to the Ombudsman for the review of the exercise by any person of a regulated disciplinary function, on the grounds that there has been—
(a) a failure to comply with prescribed procedures, or
(b) some other maladministration.
(2) The Ombudsman must carry out a review if the following three conditions are met.
(3) The first condition is that the Ombudsman considers that a review is necessary.
(4) The second condition is that—
(a) the application is made within the permitted period,
(b) the application is made within such longer period as the Ombudsman considers appropriate in the circumstances, or
(c) the application is made on grounds alleging undue delay and the Ombudsman considers that the application has been made within a reasonable time.
(5) The third condition is that the application is made in a form approved by the Ombudsman.
(6) But the Ombudsman may not review the merits of a decision made by any person.
(7) If any of the conditions in subsections (3) to (5) is not met, or if the grounds of the application relate only to the merits of a decision, the Ombudsman—
(a) may not carry out a review, and
(b) must inform the applicant accordingly.
(8) In this section and sections 111 to 113, “regulated disciplinary function” means any of the following—
(a) any function of the Lord Chancellor that falls within section 108(1);
(b) any function conferred on the Lord Chief Justice by section 108(3) to (7);
(c) any function exercised under prescribed procedures in connection with a function falling within paragraph (a) or (b).
(9) In this section, in relation to an application under this section for a review of the exercise of a regulated disciplinary function—
“interested party” means—
(a) the judicial office holder in relation to whose conduct the function is exercised, or
(b) any person who has made a complaint about that conduct in accordance with prescribed procedures;
“permitted period” means the period of 28 days beginning with the latest of—
(a) the failure or other maladministration alleged by the applicant;
(b) where that failure or maladministration occurred in the course of an investigation, the applicant being notified of the conclusion or other termination of that investigation;
(c) where that failure or maladministration occurred in the course of making a determination, the applicant being notified of that determination.
(10) References in this section and section 111 to the exercise of a function include references to a decision whether or not to exercise the function.
To be appointed: see s 148(1).