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The Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33) applies to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

  • [F12014 Act” means the Immigration Act 2014;]

  • “civil marriage” means a marriage solemnised by a person appointed under Article 31;

  • “the Department” means the Department of Finance and Personnel;

  • “district” means a registration district within the meaning of Article 30(1);

  • “marriage notice” has the meaning given by Article 3(2);

  • “marriage notice book” has the meaning given by Article 4(2);

  • “medical practitioner” means a fully registered person within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983 (c. 54);

  • “officiant” means a person registered under Article 11 or temporarily authorised under Article 14;

  • “prescribed”, except in relation to a fee, means prescribed by regulations and in relation to a fee means prescribed by order under Article 37;

  • “registrar”, except in Article 8, has the meaning given by Article 3(2);

  • “regulations” means [F2, other than in Articles 3A to 3E,] regulations made by the Department;

  • [F3“relevant national” means—

    (a)

    a British citizen,

    (b)

    a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or

    (c)

    a national of Switzerland;]

  • “religious body” means an organised group of people meeting regularly for common religious worship;

  • “religious marriage” means a marriage solemnised by an officiant;

  • “statutory provision” has the meaning given by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33);

  • “young person” means a person who is over the age of 16 but under the age of 18.

(3) Regulations may provide for references in this Order to a person solemnising a marriage to be construed in prescribed cases as such person as may be prescribed.

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