|188||Title:||MAINTENANCE ORDERS (RECIPROCAL ENFORCEMENT) ORDINANCE||Gazette Number:||27 of 1999|
|Section:||7||Heading:||Registration in Hong Kong of maintenance order made in reciprocating country||Version Date:||01/07/1997|
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 27 of 1999 s. 3
(1) This section applies to a maintenance order made, whether before or after the commencement of this Ordinance, by a court in a reciprocating country, including such an order made by such a court which has been confirmed by a court in another reciprocating country, but excluding a provisional order which has not been confirmed.
(2) Where a certified copy of an order to which this section applies is received by the Chief Executive from the responsible authority in a reciprocating country, and it appears to the Chief Executive that the payer under the order is residing in Hong Kong, he shall send the copy of the order to the Registrar of the District Court. (Amended 61 of 1981 s. 6)
(3) Where the Registrar receives from the Chief Executive a certified copy of an order to which this section applies, he shall, subject to subsection (4), register the order in the court in the prescribed manner.
(4) Before registering an order under this section the Registrar shall take such steps as he thinks fit for the purpose of ascertaining whether the payer under the order is residing in Hong Kong, and if after taking those steps he is satisfied that the payer is not so residing he shall return the certified copy of the order to the Chief Executive with a statement giving such information as he possesses as to the whereabouts of the payer. (Amended 61 of 1981 s. 4)