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

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Application for order under Article 9 (orders for payments where parties are living apart by agreement)

5.—(1) An application by way of complaint to a justice of the peace or clerk of petty sessions for an order under Article 9 may be made orally specifying the aggregate amount of the payments made during the period of three months immediately preceding the date of the making of the application and the type of order sought.

(2) A summons issued in consequence of such an application shall be in Form D4 and shall be prepared in triplicate and a copy served on the respondent.

(3) Where under Article 9(4) the court decides to treat such an application as if it were an application for an order under Article 4 the court shall state which of grounds (a) and (b) of Article 9(4) is considered applicable and a note of the decision and the grounds therefor shall be entered in the Order Book.

(4) Where the court decides to treat the application as aforesaid and the respondent is not present or represented in court, or the respondent or his representative does not agree to the continuance of the hearing, the court shall adjourn the hearing and the clerk of petty sessions shall serve notice of the decision and the grounds therefor in Form D5 on the respondent.

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