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Licence Renewals

On an annual basis the Summary Court, as required by the Licensing Ordinance, will sit to renew all Justices' Licences, (this does not include club registrations, please see Club Registration for renewal information). The process and requirements for renewals is set out in section 9 of the Ordinance.

Section 9 Renewals

(1) Licensing justices shall consider at a session of the Summary Court held during the second week in May of each year applications for the grant of justices' licences by way of renewal of licences which expire on 30th June next following.

(2) If the volume of business before the licensing justices at the session of the Summary Court held in accordance with subsection (1) shall so require, the licensing justices may adjourn from day to day. In the event that the licensing justices have not, by 31st May in the year in question, notified the holder of the renewal or refusal of the renewal of a justices' licence (other than one the renewal of which the holder has notified the clerk to the Summary Court that he does not intend to apply for) the holder may if he sees fit treat the renewal of the licence as having been refused on that day and appeal to the Magistrate's Court under section 17 as if such renewal had actually been refused.

(3) Unless the holder of a justices' licence or of a licence that takes effect as if it were a justices' licence and which expires on 30th June then next following notifies the clerk to the Summary Court in writing that he does not intend to apply for the grant of a justices' licence by way of renewal of that licence, he shall be deemed to have applied for that renewal and, if it is renewed, is liable to pay all fees payable on renewal of the licence.

(4) A person intending to oppose the renewal of a justices' licence or a licence which takes effect as if it were a justices' licence shall, not later than 30th April in the year in question, give notice in writing of his intention to the holder of the licence and to the clerk to the Summary Court specifying in general terms the grounds of the opposition, and unless notice has been so given the licensing justices shall not entertain the objection.

(5) Evidence given on an application for the renewal of a justices' licence or in opposition thereto shall be given on oath but no evidence need be given if the renewal is not opposed unless the licensing justices otherwise direct.