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The Child Support(Northern Ireland) Order 1991


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Article 24.


Proceedings before Child Support Commissioners

1.—(1) The Lord Chancellor may make such regulations with respect to proceedings before Child Support Commissioners as he considers appropriate.

(2) The regulations—

(a)may, in particular, make any provision of a kind mentioned in Article 23(3); and

(b)shall provide that any hearing before a Child Support Commissioner shall be in public except in so far as the Commissioner for special reasons directs otherwise.

Tribunal of 2 or 3 Commissioners

2.—(1) If it appears to the Chief Child Support Commissioner (or, in the case of his inability to act, to such other of the Child Support Commissioners as he may have nominated to act for the purpose) that an appeal falling to be heard by one of the Child Support Commissioners involves a question of law of special difficulty, he may direct that the appeal be dealt with, not by that Commissioner alone, but by a tribunal consisting of any 2 or 3 of the Child Support Commissioners.

(2) If the decision of such a tribunal is not unanimous, the decision of the majority or, in the case of a tribunal consisting of 2 Commissioners, the decision of the presiding member shall be the decision of the tribunal.

Finality of decisions

3.—(1) Subject to Article 26 the decision of any Child Support Commissioner shall be final.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) shall not be taken to make any finding of fact or other determination embodied in or necessary to a decision, or on which it is based, conclusive for the purposes of any further decision.


4.  The Lord Chancellor may pay, or make such payments towards the provision of, such pensions to or in respect of persons appointed as Child Support Commissioners as he may, with the consent of the Treasury, determine.

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