Section 102 – Applications
224.Section 102 provides that a parenting order may be made by a court on the application of the Principal Reporter or the local authority for the area in which the child of the parent normally resides. Subsection (1) provides that a court may not make a parenting order until it has been notified by the Scottish Ministers that the local authority has put in place the necessary arrangements for the operation of parenting orders in that area.
225.Subsection (2) provides that a local authority may apply for a parenting order on one of two grounds. The first ground is that the child has engaged in antisocial behaviour and that the order is desirable in the interests of preventing further such antisocial behaviour by the child. The second is that the child has engaged in criminal conduct and that the order is desirable in the interests of preventing further such criminal conduct by the child.
226.Subsection (3) provides that the Principal Reporter may apply for a parenting order on one of three grounds: the two grounds set out above on which a local authority may apply plus another ground that the order is desirable in the interests of improving the welfare of the child.
227.Subsection (8) provides that an application for a parenting order shall be made by summary application to the sheriff court for the area in which the parent normally resides.
228.Subsection (9) requires the Principal Reporter and the local authority to consult the other before making an application for a parenting order.