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The International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention 2007 etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

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Applications for establishment or modification of maintenance in Northern Ireland

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7.—(1) Upon receipt of an application submitted under Article 10 for establishment or modification of a decision, the Department of Justice shall send that application to the clerk of a magistrates’ court acting for the petty sessions district in which the respondent is residing.

(2) Upon receipt of the application under sub-paragraph (1), the clerk of that court shall decide—

(a)whether the courts of Northern Ireland have jurisdiction to determine the application by virtue of the Maintenance Regulation and Schedule 6 to the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) Regulations 2011(1); and

(b)if so, whether the magistrates’ court has power to make the decision or modification sought under—

(i)the Domestic Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1980(2), or

(ii)Article 15 of and Schedule 1 to the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(3).

(3) Where the clerk of petty sessions decides under sub-paragraph (2)(a) that the courts of Northern Ireland do not have jurisdiction to determine the application, the clerk shall return the application to the Department of Justice with a written explanation of the reasons for that decision.

(4) Where the clerk of petty sessions decides under sub-paragraph (2)(b) that the magistrates’ court does not have power to make the decision or modification sought, the clerk shall send the application to—

(a)the High Court, or

(b)a county court

as appears to the clerk to be appropriate.

(5) Subject to sub-paragraph (6), if the clerk of petty sessions decides under sub-paragraph (2)(b) that the magistrates’ court has power to make the decision or modification sought, the clerk of petty sessions shall issue the application and serve it on the respondent.

(6) If the respondent does not reside in the petty sessions district for which the magistrates’ court acts, the clerk of petty sessions shall—

(a)if satisfied that the respondent is residing within another petty sessions district, send the application to the clerk of petty sessions of a magistrates’ court acting in that other petty sessions district and inform the Department of Justice that it has been so sent; or

(b)if unable to establish where the respondent is residing, return the application to the Department of Justice.

(7) A clerk of petty sessions who receives an application by virtue of sub-paragraph (6)(a) shall proceed under sub-paragraph (5) as if that clerk had decided that the magistrates’ court has power to make the decision or modification sought.

(8) Where the clerk of petty sessions has determined in accordance with sub-paragraph (2)(b) that the magistrates’ court has power to make the decision or modification sought, the application shall be treated for the purpose of establishment or modification of a decision under the Convention as an application under the Domestic Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1980, or under Article 15 of and Schedule 1 to the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, as appropriate.

(9) In this paragraph—

“respondent” means the person who is alleged in an application for establishment of a decision under Article 10 to owe maintenance, or where the application is for modification of a decision, the applicant for the original decision; and

a reference to an application is a reference to an application together with any documents which accompany it.

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