Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1973/19

1973 No. 19

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS

The Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973

1stJanuary 1973

12thJanuary 1973

1stFebruary 1973

In exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 4(3) of the Adoption Act 1968(a), I hereby make the following Order:—

1. This Order may be cited as the Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973 and shall come into operation on 1st February 1973.

2. The Interpretation Act 1889(b) shall apply to the interpretation of this Order as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

3.—(1) An adoption of an infant is hereby specified as an overseas adoption if it is an adoption effected in a place in relation to which this Article applies and under the law in force in that place.

(2) As respects any adoption effected before the date on which this Order comes into operation, this Article applies in relation to any place which, at that date, forms part of a country or territory described in Part I or II of the Schedule to this Order and as respects any adoption effected on or after that date, this Article applies in relation to any place which, at the time the adoption is effected, forms part of a country or territory which at that time is a country or territory described in Part I or II of the Schedule to this Order.

(3) In this Article the expression—

"infant" means a person who at the time when the application for adoption was made had not attained the age of 18 years and had not been married;

"law" does not include customary or common law.

4.—(1) Evidence that an overseas adoption has been effected may be given by the production of a document purporting to be—

(a) a certified copy of an entry made, in accordance with the law of the country or territory concerned, in a public register relating to the recording of adoptions and showing that the adoption has been effected; or

(b) a certificate that the adoption has been effected, signed or purporting to be signed by a person authorised by the law of the country or territory concerned to sign such a certificate, or a certified copy of such certificate.

(a) 1968 c. 53.

(b) 1889 c. 63.

(2) Where a document produced by virtue of paragraph (1) of this Article is not in English, the Registrar General or the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Scotland, as the case may be, may require the production of an English translation of the document before satisfying himself of the matters specified in section 8...

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