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Magistrates' Courts (Domestic Proceedings) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Notification of personal protection orders and exclusion orders

13.—(1) Where a court or a resident magistrate makes either a personal protection order or an exclusion order under Article 18(1) or (2) or an interim personal protection order or an interim exclusion order under Article 21(1) or (2), or both such orders or interim orders, the clerk of petty sessions shall cause notice of the making of the order to be served on the respondent personally:

Provided that, if the court or the resident magistrate is satisfied by evidence on oath that prompt personal service on the respondent is impracticable, service may be effected—

(a)by sending a copy of the order by post addressed to him at his usual or last known place of abode; or

(b)by leaving a copy of the order for him with some person at his usual or last known place of abode.

(2) In the case of an exclusion order or an interim exclusion order the copy order sent under paragraph (1) shall be accompanied by a notice in either Form D11 or Form D12 as the case may be.

(3) Where the court or the resident magistrate makes a personal protection order or an exclusion order the notice required under Article 18(8)(e) to be served on the divisional commander (or commanders as the case may be) of police shall be a certified copy of the order.

(4) Where such an order is varied or revoked the notice required by Article 18(8)(f) shall likewise be a certified copy of the varying or revoking order.

(5) In the case of an order made under Article 21(2), a certified copy shall not be sent to the divisional commander of police until notice of the making of the order has been served on the respondent in accordance with paragraph (1) and the clerk of petty sessions shall, before sending it to the divisional commander, endorse on it a signed statement that it has been so served and the date on which the order takes effect.

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