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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 113: Avoiding delay

Section 113 is intended to avoid delay in the court process. Subsection (1) imposes an obligation on the court, where it is dealing with any matter where the issue of whether a placement or adoption order should be made, or any other question with respect to such an order, to draw up a timetable and give any directions that are necessary to ensure that that timetable is adhered to.

Rules of court may prescribe periods within which steps must be taken in relation to such proceedings and make other provision with respect to such proceedings for the purpose of ensuring that such questions are determined without delay (subsection (2)).

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