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The Family Proceedings Rules 1991

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Taking of evidence for court in reciprocating country

7.34  (1)  The High Court shall be the prescribed court for the purposes of taking evidence pursuant to a request by a court in a reciprocating country under section 14 of the Act of 1972(1) where—

(a)the request for evidence relates to a maintenance order made by a superior court in the United Kingdom, and

(b)the witness resides in England and Wales.

(2) The evidence may be taken before a judge or officer of the High Court as the court thinks fit, and the provisions of RSC Order 39 shall apply with the necessary modifications as if the evidence were required to be taken pursuant to an order made under rule I of that Order.

(3) The county court shall be the prescribed court for the purposes of taking evidence pursuant to a request by a court in a reciprocating country pursuant to section 14 of the Act of 1972 where the request for evidence relates to a maintenance order made by a county court which has not been registered in a magistrates'court under the Act of 1958.

(4) Paragraph (2) shall apply to the taking of such evidence as though references therein to the High Court and RSC Order 39 were to the county court and CCR Order 20, rule 13 respectively.

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Section 14 was amended by the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c. 43), Schedule 7, paragraph 105.

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