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Statutory Instruments

2006 No. 1945 (N.I. 14)

NORTHERN IRELAND

The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Made

19th July 2006

Coming into operation in accordance with Article 1(3)

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 19th day of July 2006

Present,

The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas a draft of this Order in Council has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred by paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule to the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (c. 1) and of all other powers enabling Her in that behalf, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:–

IntroductoryN.I.

Title, interpretation and commencementN.I.

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33) applies to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

(3) This Order comes into operation on the expiration of two months from the day on which it is made.

Physical punishment of childrenN.I.

Physical punishment of childrenN.I.

2.—(1) In relation to any offence specified in paragraph (2), battery of a child cannot be justified on the ground that it constituted reasonable punishment.

(2) The offences referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)an offence under section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 (c. 100) (wounding, or causing grievous bodily harm, with intent);

(b)an offence under section 20 of that Act (malicious wounding or grievous bodily harm);

(c)F1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)an offence under section 47 of that Act (assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault); and

(e)an offence under section 20(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 (c. 34) (cruelty to persons under 16).

(3) Battery of a child causing actual bodily harm to the child cannot be justified in any civil proceedings on the ground that it constituted reasonable punishment.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3), “actual bodily harm” has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of section 47 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.

(5) In section 20 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968, subsection (6) is hereby repealed.

Prohibited degrees of relationshipN.I.

Marriage between certain persons related by affinity not to be voidN.I.

3.—(1) In Article 18 of the Family Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 (NI 14) (prohibited degrees of relationship), the following provisions (which provide that a marriage between a person and the parent of a former spouse or former civil partner or between a person and the former spouse or former civil partner of a child of that person is void unless certain conditions are satisfied) are hereby repealed—

(a)in paragraph (1), Part 3 of the Table; and

(b)paragraphs (2C) and (2D).

(2) In paragraph (3) of that Article—

(a)for “, (2A) or (2C)” there shall be substituted “ or (2A) ”; and

(b)for “(2B) or (2D)” there shall be substituted “ (2B) ”.

(3) In consequence of paragraph (1), sub-paragraphs (6) and (7) of paragraph 64 of Schedule 29 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33) (which amend the paragraphs mentioned in paragraph (1)(b)) are hereby repealed.

(4) Nothing in this Article shall affect any marriage solemnised before the commencement of this Order.

Corresponding provision for civil partnershipN.I.

4.  Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33) is hereby repealed.

Repeal of superseded provisionsN.I.

5.  The following are hereby repealed—

(a)paragraphs (2DA), (2DB) and (2DC) of Article 18 of the Family Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 (NI 14) (which are superseded by subsequent amendments to that Article);

(b)paragraphs (2) and (3) of Article 4 of the Family Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (NI 6) (which are superseded by subsequent amendments to Article 18 of the 1984 Order);

(c)paragraph 8 of Schedule 4 to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (c. 7) (which inserts the paragraphs mentioned in sub-paragraph (a)).

Minor correctionN.I.

Minor correctionN.I.

6.  In Schedule 16 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33) in paragraph 30(1) (variation, etc. of orders) for “Part 2 or 3” substitute “ Part 1, 2 or 3 ”.

A.K. Galloway

Clerk of the Privy Council

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

Article 2 restricts the grounds on which the battery of a child may be justified as reasonable punishment. Article 3 repeals statutory provisions prohibiting marriage—

(a)

between a person and the parent of that person's former spouse or former civil partner, and

(b)

between a person and the former spouse or former civil partner of a child of that person,

unless certain conditions are satisfied. Article 4 repeals corresponding prohibitions relating to civil partnerships. Article 6 makes a minor correction to the Civil Partnership Act 2004

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