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Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972

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22Amendments and repeals

(1)The enactments mentioned in the Schedule to this Act shall have effect subject to the minor and consequential amendments specified therein.

(2)The following are hereby repealed—

(a)the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act 1920;

(b)in the Magistrates' Court Act, 1952, in section 56(1) paragraph (c) and the words from " or in an order " to the end;

(c)in the Maintenance Orders Act 1958, section 19 and,

in section 23(2), the words " section nineteen ";

(d)in the South Africa Act 1962, paragraph 2 of Schedule 2.

23Maintenance order registered in High Court under the Maintenance Orders etc. Act 1920

(1)Where a country or territory, being a country or territory to which at the commencement of section 1 of this Act the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act 1920 extended, becomes a reciprocating country, then, if immediately before the Order in Council made under section 12 of that Act extending that Act to that country or territory was revoked any maintenance order made by a court in that country or territory was registered in the High Court under section 1 of that Act, the High Court may, on an application by the payer or the payee under the order or of its own motion, transfer the order to such magistrates' court as having regard to the place where the payer is residing and to all the circumstances it thinks most appropriate, with a view to the order being registered in that court under this Part of this Act.

(2)Where the High Court transfers an order to a magistrates' court under this section it shall—

(a)cause a certified copy of the order to be sent to the clerk of that court, and

(b)cancel the registration of the order in the High Court.

(3)The clerk of the court who receives a certified copy of an order sent to him under this section shall register the order in the prescribed manner in that court.

(4)On registering a maintenance order in a magistrates' court by virtue of this section the clerk of the court shall, if the order is registered in that court under Part I of the Maintenance Orders Act 1958, cancel that registration.

(5)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland, for references to the High Court there shall be substituted references to the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.

24Application of Part I to certain orders and proceedings under the Maintenance Orders etc. Act 1920

Where Her Majesty proposes by an Order in Council under section 1 of this Act to designate as a reciprocating country a country or territory to which at the commencement of that section the Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act 1920 extended, that Order in Council may contain such provisions as Her Majesty considers expedient for the purpose of securing—

(a)that the provisions of this Part of this Act apply, subject to such modifications as may be specified in the Order, to maintenance orders, or maintenance orders of a specified class—

(i)made by a court in England, Wales or Northern Ireland against a person residing in that country or territory, or

(ii)made by a court in that country or territory against a person residing in England, Wales or Northern Ireland,

being orders to which immediately before the date of the coming into operation of the Order in Council the said Act of 1920 applied, except any order which immediately before that date is registered in the High Court or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland under section 1 of that Act;

(b)that any maintenance order, or maintenance order of a specified class, made by a court in that country or territory which has been confirmed by a court in England, Wales or Northern Ireland under section 4 of the said Act of 1920 and is in force immediately before that date is registered under section 7 of this Act:

(c)that any proceedings brought under or by virtue of a provision of the said Act of 1920 in a court in England, Wales or Northern Ireland which are pending at that date, being proceedings affecting a person resident in that country or territory, are continued as if they had been brought under or by virtue of the corresponding provision of this Part of this Act.

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