Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997

Evidential value of certain certificates signed by medical practitioners.

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25. (1) In any proceedings for an offence alleging the causing of harm or serious harm to a person, the production of a certificate purporting to be signed by a registered medical practitioner and relating to an examination of that person, shall unless the contrary is proved, be evidence of any fact thereby certified without proof of any signature thereon or that any such signature is that of such practitioner.

(2) In this section “ registered medical practitioner” means a person registered in the General Register of Medical Practitioners established under section 26 of the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978.

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References to “registered medical practitioner” and “General Register of Medical Practitioners” construed (16.03.2009) by Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 108, S.I. No. 40 of 2009, as amended (21.12.2007) by Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007 (42/2007), s. 20 and sch. 2, commenced on enactment.

Construction of references to registered medical practitioner and Medical Council, etc .

108.— (1) Every reference to a registered medical practitioner contained in any enactment or any statutory instrument shall be construed as a reference to a registered medical practitioner within the meaning of section 2.

(2) Every reference to the General Register of Medical Practitioners contained in any other enactment or any statutory instrument [, on and after the register establishment day, ] shall be construed as a reference to any division of the register.