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Act of Sederunt (Child Care and Maintenance Rules) 1997

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Appointment of reporting officer and curator ad litem

2.51—(1) On the presentation of the petition, the sheriff shall appoint a reporting officer and a curator ad litem and the same person may be appointed as reporting officer and curator ad litem in the same petition, if the sheriff considers that doing so is appropriate in the circumstances.

(2) Where the curator ad litem is not also the reporting officer, the sheriff may order the reporting officer to make available to the curator ad litem any report or information in relation to the child.

(3) A married couple may, before presenting the petition, apply to the sheriff for the appointment of a reporting officer.

(4) An application under paragraph (3) shall–

(a)be made by letter setting out the reasons for which the appointment is sought; and

(b)not require to be intimated to any person.

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