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Civil Partnership Bill [HL]
Part 4 — Civil partnerships: Northern Ireland
Chapter 1 — Registration

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137     

Civil partnership schedule

After the registrar receives a civil partnership notice from each of the proposed

civil partners, he must complete a civil partnership schedule in the prescribed

form, if—

(a)   

he is satisfied that there is no legal impediment to the formation of the

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civil partnership, or

(b)   

the Registrar General has directed him under section 136(6) to proceed

under this section.

Regulations

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Regulations

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(1)   

The Department of Finance and Personnel may by regulations make such

provision as appears to it necessary or expedient for the registration of civil

partnerships in Northern Ireland.

(2)   

Regulations under subsection (1) may prescribe—

(a)   

any fee which is required to be prescribed for the purposes of this

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Chapter, and

(b)   

fees for such other matters as the Department of Finance and Personnel

considers necessary or expedient for the purposes of this Part.

(3)   

The power to make regulations under subsection (1) is exercisable by statutory

rule for the purposes of the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979

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(S.I. 1979/1573 (N.I. 12)).

(4)   

Regulations under subsection (1) shall be subject to negative resolution (within

the meaning of section 41(6) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954

(1954 c. 33 (N.I.)).

Young persons

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139     

Parental etc. consent where proposed civil partner under 18

(1)   

The consent of the appropriate persons is required before a young person and

another person may register as civil partners of each other.

(2)   

Schedule 13 contains provisions—

(a)   

for determining who are the appropriate persons for the purposes of

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this section (see Part 1 of the Schedule);

(b)   

for orders dispensing with consent and for recording consents and

orders (see Parts 2 and 3 of the Schedule).

(3)   

Each consent required by subsection (1) must be—

(a)   

in the prescribed form; and

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(b)   

produced to the registrar before the issue of the civil partnership

schedule.

(4)   

Nothing in this section affects any need to obtain the consent of the High Court

before a ward of court and another person may register as civil partners of each

other.

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Part 4 — Civil partnerships: Northern Ireland
Chapter 1 — Registration

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(5)   

In this section and Schedule 13 “young person” means a person who is under

18.

Supplementary

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Certificates of no impediment for Part 2 purposes

(1)   

This section applies where—

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(a)   

two people propose to register as civil partners of each other under

Chapter 1 of Part 2, and

(b)   

one of them (“A”) resides in Northern Ireland but the other (“B”) resides

in England or Wales.

(2)   

A may give a civil partnership notice under section 133 as if A and B intended

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to register as civil partners under this Chapter.

(3)   

If the registrar is satisfied that there is no legal impediment (in the sense given

in section 136(7)) to A registering as B’s civil partner, he must issue a certificate

in the prescribed form that there is not known to be any such impediment.

(4)   

But the certificate may not be issued before the expiration of such period from

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the date recorded under section 134(3)(b) as may be prescribed.

(5)   

Any person may, at any time before a certificate is issued under subsection (3),

submit to the registrar an objection in writing to its issue.

(6)   

Any objection made under subsection (5) must be taken into account by the

registrar in deciding whether he is satisfied that there is no legal impediment

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to A registering as B’s civil partner.

141     

Registration districts and registration authorities

(1)   

Each local government district shall be a registration district and the district

council shall be the local registration authority for the purposes of this Part.

(2)   

A district council shall, in the exercise of functions conferred on it as a local

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registration authority—

(a)   

act as agent for the Department of Finance and Personnel, and

(b)   

act in accordance with such directions as that Department may give to

the council.

(3)   

Any expenditure to be incurred by the district council in the exercise of

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functions conferred on it as a local registration authority shall be subject to the

approval of the Registrar General.

(4)   

The Department of Finance and Personnel shall retain or, as the case may be,

defray in respect of each financial year the amount of the difference between—

(a)   

the aggregate of the amounts of salaries, pension provision and other

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expenses payable by virtue of this Part in respect of any registration

district, and

(b)   

the aggregate of the amounts received in that registration district under

any statutory provision or otherwise by way of fees or other expenses.

 

 

Civil Partnership Bill [HL]
Part 4 — Civil partnerships: Northern Ireland
Chapter 2 — Declarations

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142     

Registrars and other staff

(1)   

A local registration authority shall, with the approval of the Registrar General,

appoint—

(a)   

a registrar of civil partnerships, and

(b)   

one or more deputy registrars of civil partnerships.

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(2)   

A person holding an appointment under subsection (1) may with the approval

of, and shall at the direction of, the Registrar General be removed from his

office of registrar or deputy registrar by the local registration authority.

(3)   

A local registration authority shall, at the direction of the Registrar General,

appoint additional persons to register civil partnerships and carry out other

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functions for the purposes of this Part.

(4)   

A person shall not be appointed under subsection (1) or (3) if he is under the

age of 21.

(5)   

Regulations under section 138 may confer additional functions on a person

holding an appointment under subsection (1).

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(6)   

A person holding an appointment under subsection (1) shall, in exercising his

functions under this Part or any other statutory provision, be subject to such

instructions or directions as the Registrar General may give.

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Interpretation

In this Chapteræ

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“civil partnership notice” means a notice of proposed civil partnership

under section 133;

“civil partnership notice book” has the meaning given by section 134;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under section 138;

“registrar” means such person appointed under section 142(1)(a) or (b) or

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(3) as may be prescribed;

“Registrar General” means the Registrar General for Northern Ireland;

“statutory provision” has the meaning given by section 1(f) of the

Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (1954 c. 33 (N.I.)).

Chapter 2

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Declarations

144     

Declarations

(1)   

Any person may apply to the court for one or more of the following

declarations in relation to a civil partnership specified in the application—

(a)   

a declaration that the civil partnership was at its inception a valid civil

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partnership;

(b)   

a declaration that the civil partnership subsisted on a date specified in

the application;

(c)   

a declaration that the civil partnership did not subsist on a date so

specified;

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Part 4 — Civil partnerships: Northern Ireland
Chapter 2 — Declarations

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(d)   

a declaration that the validity of a dissolution, annulment or legal

separation obtained in any country outside Northern Ireland in respect

of the civil partnership is entitled to recognition in Northern Ireland;

(e)   

a declaration that the validity of a dissolution, annulment or legal

separation so obtained in respect of the civil partnership is not entitled

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to recognition in Northern Ireland.

(2)   

Where an application under subsection (1) is made to the court by a person

other than a civil partner in the civil partnership to which the application

relates, the court must refuse to hear the application if it considers that the

applicant does not have a sufficient interest in the determination of that

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application.

(3)   

In this Chapter “the court” means the High Court or a divorce county court

within the meaning of the Matrimonial Causes (Northern Ireland) Order 1978

(S.I. 1978/1045 (N.I. 15)).

145     

General provisions as to making and effect of declarations

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(1)   

Where on an application for a declaration under section 144 the truth of the

proposition to be declared is proved to the satisfaction of the court, the court

must make the declaration unless to do so would be manifestly contrary to

public policy.

(2)   

Any declaration under section 144 binds Her Majesty and all other persons.

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(3)   

The court, on the dismissal of an application for a declaration under section

144, may not make any declaration for which an application has not been

made.

(4)   

No declaration which may be applied for under section 144 may be made

otherwise than under section 144 by any court.

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(5)   

No declaration may be made by any court, whether under section 144 or

otherwise, that a civil partnership was at its inception void.

(6)   

Nothing in this section affects the powers of any court to annul a civil

partnership.

146     

The Attorney General and proceedings for declarations

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(1)   

On an application for a declaration under section 144 the court may at any

stage of the proceedings, of its own motion or on the application of any party

to the proceedings, direct that all necessary papers in the matter be sent to the

Attorney General.

(2)   

The Attorney General, whether or not he is sent papers in relation to an

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application for a declaration under section 144, may—

(a)   

intervene in the proceedings on that application in such manner as he

thinks necessary or expedient, and

(b)   

argue before the court any question in relation to the application which

the court considers it necessary to have fully argued.

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(3)   

Where any costs are incurred by the Attorney General in connection with any

application for a declaration under section 144, the court may make such order

as it considers just as to the payment of those costs by parties to the

proceedings.

 

 

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Part 4 — Civil partnerships: Northern Ireland
Chapter 3 — Supplementary

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(4)   

In this section and section 147 “Attorney General” means the Attorney General

for Northern Ireland.

147     

Supplementary provisions as to declarations

(1)   

Any declaration made under section 144, and any application for such a

declaration, must be in the form prescribed by family proceedings rules.

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(2)   

Family proceedings rules may make provision—

(a)   

as to the information required to be given by any applicant for a

declaration under section 144;

(b)   

requiring notice of an application under section 144 to be served on the

Attorney General and on persons who may be affected by any

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declaration applied for.

(3)   

No proceedings under section 144 affects any final judgment or order already

pronounced or made by any court of competent jurisdiction.

(4)   

The court hearing an application under section 144 may direct that the whole

or any part of the proceedings must be heard in private.

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(5)   

An application for a direction under subsection (4) must be heard in private

unless the court otherwise directs.

(6)   

Family proceedings rules must make provision for an appeal to the Court of

Appeal from any declaration made by a county court under section 144 or from

the dismissal of an application under that section, upon a point of law, a

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question of fact or the admission or rejection of any evidence.

(7)   

Subsection (6) does not affect Article 61 of the County Courts (Northern

Ireland) Order 1980 (S.I. 1980/397 (N.I. 3)) (cases stated).

(8)   

In this section and section 148 “family proceedings rules” means family

proceedings rules made under Article 12 of the Family Law (Northern Ireland)

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Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/1576 (N.I. 6)).

148     

Parties to proceedings under this Chapter

(1)   

Family proceedings rules may make provision with respect to the persons who

are to be parties to proceedings on an application under section 144.

(2)   

In every case in which the court considers, in the interest of a person not

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already a party to the proceedings, that the person should be made a party, the

court may if it thinks fit allow the person to intervene upon such terms, if any,

as the court thinks just.

Chapter 3

Supplementary

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149     

Further provision for Northern Ireland

(1)   

An Order in Council under paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule to the Northern

Ireland Act 2000 (c. 1) (legislation for Northern Ireland during suspension of

devolved government) which contains a statement that it is made only for

 

 

Civil Partnership Bill [HL]
Part 5 — Civil partnerships formed or dissolved abroad etc.
Chapter 1 — Registration outside UK under Order in Council

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purposes corresponding to those of any provisions of this Act specified in

subsection (2)—

(a)   

is not subject to paragraph 2 of that Schedule (affirmative resolution of

both Houses of Parliament), but

(b)   

is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of

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Parliament.

(2)   

The provisions are—

(a)   

Part 2;

(b)   

Chapter 3 of Part 5;

(c)   

Part 7.

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Part 5

Civil partnerships formed or dissolved abroad etc.

Chapter 1

Registration outside UK under Order in Council

150     

Registration at British consulates etc.

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(1)   

Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision for two people to

register as civil partners of each other—

(a)   

in prescribed countries or territories outside the United Kingdom, and

(b)   

in the presence of a prescribed officer of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic

Service,

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in cases where the officer is satisfied that the conditions in subsection (2) are

met.

(2)   

The conditions are that—

(a)   

at least one of the proposed civil partners is a United Kingdom national,

(b)   

the proposed civil partners would have been eligible to register as civil

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partners of each other in such part of the United Kingdom as is

determined in accordance with the Order,

(c)   

the authorities of the country or territory in which it is proposed that

they register as civil partners will not object to the registration, and

(d)   

insufficient facilities exist for them to enter into an overseas

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relationship under the law of that country or territory.

(3)   

An officer is not required to allow two people to register as civil partners of

each other if in his opinion the formation of a civil partnership between them

would be inconsistent with international law or the comity of nations.

(4)   

An Order in Council under this section may make provision for appeals

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against a refusal, in reliance on subsection (3), to allow two people to register

as civil partners of each other.

(5)   

An Order in Council under this section may provide that two people who

register as civil partners of each other under such an Order are to be treated for

the purposes of sections 161(1)(c)(i) and (2)(c)(i) and 165(1)(c)(i) as if they had

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done so in the part of the United Kingdom determined as mentioned in

subsection (2)(b).

 

 

 
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