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The Children (Allocation of Proceedings) Order (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Transfer from a court of summary jurisdiction to a family care centre

8.—(1) A court of summary jurisdiction which is not a family proceedings court shall, upon application by a party or of its own motion, transfer to a family care centre proceedings under the 1995 Order where it considers that the proceedings are exceptionally grave, important or complex in particular with reference to the criteria specified in Article 5(1)(a) to (e).

(2) The court shall only transfer proceedings in accordance with paragraph (1) where, having had regard to the principle set out in Article 3(2) of the 1995 Order, it considers it in the interests of the child to do so.

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