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The Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) Order (Northern Ireland) 2002

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) Order (Northern Ireland) 2002.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), this Order shall come into operation on 28th January 2003.

(3) This Order shall not have effect in relation to a particular type of case until the day on which section 10 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000(1) comes into operation for the purposes of that type of case.

(4) In this Order–

(a)the Order” means the Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1991; and

(b)the Regulations” means the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(2).

Revocation

2.  The Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993(3) is revoked.

Parentage appeals

3.  An appeal under Article 22 of the Order(4) shall be made to a court of summary jurisdiction, rather than an appeal tribunal, in the circumstances mentioned in Article 4.

4.  The circumstances are that–

(a)the appeal will be an appeal under Article 22(1)(a) or (b) of the Order;

(b)the decision to be appealed against includes a determination that a particular person (whether the applicant or some other person) either is, or is not, a parent of the qualifying child in question (“a parentage determination”); and

(c)the ground of the appeal will be that the decision should not have included that parentage determination.

5.  Regulations 31 and 32 of the Regulations shall apply to appeals made to a court of summary jurisdiction in accordance with this Order with the following modifications–

(a)for the words “an appeal tribunal” and the words “a legally qualified panel member” there shall be substituted the words “a court of summary jurisdiction”;

(b)for the words “the legally qualified panel member” there shall be substituted the words “the court”; and

(c)in regulation 32(10) for the words “who determines an application under this regulation shall record a summary of his decision in such written form as has been approved by the President” there shall be substituted the words “shall record a summary of its decision in written form”.

Irvine of Lairg, C.

Dated 16th December 2002.

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