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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 107: Right of access to adoption agency records

The powers of a children’s court guardian have been extended under section 107 of the Act, which creates a right at all reasonable times for a children’s court guardian appointed under section 106(1) to examine and take copies of any records of, or held by, an adoption agency relating to a proposed or actual application under Part 1 of the Act in respect of the child concerned. Any copy of such a document (or part of a document) will be admissible as evidence of any matter referred to in any evidence that the children’s court guardian may give in the proceedings or any report the children’s court guardian makes to the court in those proceedings. A children’s court guardian appointed under Article 60 of the Children Order already has the right to access records held by an authority in connection with specified proceedings under that Order (Article 61 refers). Section 107 provides an equivalent right to access adoption agency records.

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