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  • s. 2A(1)(1A) substituted for s. 2(1) by 1996 c. 27 Sch. 8 para. 37(3) (This amendment not applied to legislation.gov.uk. Sch. 8 Pt. I repealed (except for paras. 4, 16(1)(5)(a)(6)(b)(7)) (13.5.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6), ss. 18(2)(e), 139(4))
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22 Power of court to refuse application or stay proceedings.N.I.

(1)A court in Northern Ireland which has jurisdiction to make a [F1Part I order] may refuse an application for the order in any case where the matter in question has already been determined in proceedings outside Northern Ireland.

(2)Where, at any stage of the proceedings on an application made to a court in Northern Ireland for a [F1Part I order], or for the variation of a [F1Part I order], F2..., it appears to the court—

(a)that proceedings with respect to the matters to which the application relates are continuing outside Northern Ireland, F3...

(b)that it would be more appropriate for those matters to be determined in proceedings to be taken outside Northern Ireland, F4[F5...

(c)that it should exercise its powers under Article 15 of the Council Regulation (transfer to a court better placed to hear the case)][F6, or

(d)that it should exercise its powers under Article 8 of the Hague Convention (request to authority in another Contracting State to assume jurisdiction),]

the court may stay the proceedings on the application [F7or (as the case may be) exercise its powers under Article 15 [F8of the Council Regulation or Article 8 of the Hague Convention]] .

(3)The court may remove a stay granted [F9by virtue of subsection (2)(a) or (b) above] if it appears to the court that there has been unreasonable delay in the taking or prosecution of the other proceedings referred to in that subsection, or that those proceedings are stayed, sisted or concluded.

[F10(3A)The court may remove a stay granted under Article 15 of the Council Regulation only in accordance with that Article.]

[F11(3B)The court may remove a stay granted in order for it to exercise its powers under Article 8 of the Hague Convention, and withdraw any request made by it to an authority in another Contracting State to assume jurisdiction, if—

(a)the authority in the other Contracting State does not assume jurisdiction within the period for which the court granted the stay, or

(b)the parties do not, within the period specified by the court, request the authority in the other Contracting State to assume jurisdiction.]

(4)Nothing in this section [F12so far as it relates to proceedings not governed by the Council Regulation] shall affect any power exercisable apart from this section to refuse an application or to grant or remove a stay.

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