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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Cause 89: Imposition of extra conditions in certain cases

Subsection (1)(a) allows regulations to be made by the Department to set out additional steps agreed between the United Kingdom and a restricted country that the Department normally takes in connection with bringing a child from the restricted country into the United Kingdom, and are not otherwise provided for by any statutory provision, to be specified in the restricted list in relation to that country. Subsection (1)(b) states that, where a step has been specified under subsection (1)(a), one or more conditions set out in the regulations must be met in connection with a British resident bringing a child from the relevant restricted country into the United Kingdom in either of the cases specified in section 86(2). Subsection (2) clarifies that such conditions are in addition to any conditions provided for by section 82 of the Act or any other statutory provision.

Subsection (3) provides that a person who brings, or causes another to bring, a child into the United Kingdom is guilty of an offence, if any condition required to be met by virtue of subsection (1)(b) is not met. If the step specified in the regulations has already been taken before the country was added to the restricted list, no offence would be committed (subsection (4)). A person would be liable on summary conviction to up to six months' imprisonment or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both, or, in the event of conviction on indictment, to up to twelve months' imprisonment or a fine, or both (subsection(5)).

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