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Restrictive Practices Court

A superior *court of record created by the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1956. Its jurisdiction is to determine matters arising under the legislation controlling *restrictive trade practices and *resale price maintenance, principally determining whether or not restrictive agreements registered with the *Director General of Fair Trading are contrary to the public interest. There is one court for the whole of the UK, comprising three puisne judges of the High Court nominated by the Lord Chancellor, one judge of the Court of Session nominated by the Lord President, one judge of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland nominated by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, and not more than ten lay members qualified by their knowledge or experience of industry, commerce, or public affairs. The court may sit in more than one division and in any country of the UK.

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