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Adoption (Hague Convention) Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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12Interpretation.N.I.

In this Act—

  • Definition rep. by 1987 NI 22

  • [F1“adoption order” means an order under Article 12(1) of the Order of 1987;

  • “British territory” means, for the purposes of any provision of this Act, any of the following countries, that is to say, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and a colony, which is a British territory for the purposes of any corresponding provision of the Adoption Act 1976;]

  • “the Convention” means the Convention mentioned in the preamble;

  • Definition rep. by 1987 NI 22

  • [F1“convention adoption order” means an adoption order made in accordance with section 1(1);]

  • “convention country” means any country[F1 outside British territory, being a country for the time being designated by an order made under section 72(1) of the Adoption Act 1976] as a country in which the Convention is in force;

  • “the court” means the High Court;

  • “internal law” in relation to any country means the law applicable in a case where no question arises as to the law in force in any other country;

  • “foreign adoption” has the meaning assigned to it by section 4(3);

  • “foreign convention adoption” has the meaning assigned to it by section 5(2);

  • [F1“the Order of 1987” means the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987;]

  • “prescribed” means prescribed by rules;

  • Definitions rep. by 1987 NI 22

  • “reside” means habitually reside;

  • “rules” means rules made under section 11;

  • Definition rep. by 1987 NI 22

  • [F1“specified order” means any provision for the adoption of a child effected under enactments similar to Article 12(1) of the Order of 1987 and section 1 of this act in force inF2. . . any British territory outside the United Kingdom;]

  • “United Kingdom national” means, for the purposes of any provision of this Act, a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies satisfying such conditions, if any, as may be specified by an order made under[F2 section 72(1) of the Adoption Act 1976] for the purposes of any corresponding provision of that Act.

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