Adoption Amendment Act 2000

Adoption Amendment Act 2000

Public Act2000 No 49
Date of assent14 November 2000

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Adoption Amendment Act 2000.

    (2) In this Act, the Adoption Act 1955 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Inspection of adoption records
  • (1) Section 23 of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after subsection (2), the following subsection:

    • (2A) Adoption records are open to inspection by a Social Worker for the purpose of preparing a report required under section 23A(1).

    (2) Section 23(3)(a) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words subsection (1) or subsection (2), and substituting the words subsections (1), (2), or (2A).

4 New section 23A inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting, after section 23, the following section:

    23A Report on application for inspection
    • (1) A Court may require a Social Worker to prepare a report following an application for an order under section 23(3)(b) on a ground referred to in subparagraph (iii) of that paragraph (any other special ground).

      (2) A Social Worker preparing a report required under subsection (1)—

      • (a) may consider any information obtained for the purpose, including information in the adoption records concerned and the application for the order; but

      • (b) may not consider information relating to any party to the adoption or application that was obtained by the Department before the application was made.

Legislative history

9 November 2000Divided from the Statutes Amendment Bill (No 7) as reported from the Justice and Electoral Committee (Bill 334-A2), third reading