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The Magistrates' Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2005

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3.  In rule 1 (Citation, commencement and interpretation), in paragraph (3)—

(a)after the definition of “business day” insert—

“the Central Authority for Northern Ireland” means the Northern Ireland Court Service;;

(b)after the definition of “child” insert—

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003 of 27th November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility;; and

(c)after the definition of “leave” insert—

“Member State” means—

(a)

those parties contracting to the Council Regulation, that is to say, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom; and

(b)

a party which has subsequently adopted the Council Regulation;.

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