31. (1) Where the case of a life prisoner has been listed under rule 4 of the 2001 Rules before the coming into operation of these rules, the 2001 Rules shall apply.
(2) Where the case of a life prisoner is listed on or after these rules come into operation, these rules shall apply.
Revocation and saving
32.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) the 2001 Rules are revoked.
(2) That revocation shall be of no effect in relation to a case as is referred to in rule 31(1)
(3) If proceedings on a case as is referred to in rule 31(1) are not completed under the 2001 Rules before the coming into force of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010, the functions of the Secretary of State under the 2001 Rules in relation to the proceedings are transferred to the Department of Justice; and –
(a) in the 2001 Rules references to the Secretary of State are to be read accordingly;
(b) anything done in connection with the proceedings by or in relation to the Secretary of State is treated as having been done by or in relation to the Department of Justice so far as necessary or appropriate for continuing its effect after the transfer of functions.