Property (Relationships) Amendment Act (No 2) 2013

as at 31 March 2014

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Property (Relationships) Amendment Act (No 2) 2013

Public Act2013 No 82
Date of assent24 September 2013
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Property (Relationships) Amendment Act (No 2) 2013.

2 Commencement
3 Principal Act
4 Section 22 amended (Jurisdiction)
5 Section 37A amended (Court may appoint lawyer for children)
  • Replace section 37A(2)(a) with:

    • (a) must be determined in accordance with regulations made under section 16D of the Family Courts Act 1980 or, if no such regulations are made, by the Registrar of the court; and.

6 New section 38A and cross-heading inserted
  • After section 38, insert:

    Transfer of proceedings

    38A Transfer of proceedings to High Court
    • (1) A Family Court Judge may order the transfer of proceedings to the High Court if the Judge is satisfied that the High Court is the more appropriate venue for dealing with the proceedings.

      (2) In considering whether to make an order under subsection (1), the Judge must have regard to—

      • (a) the complexity of the proceedings or of any question in issue in the proceedings:

      • (b) any proceedings before the High Court that are between the same parties and that involve related issues:

      • (c) any other matter that the Judge considers relevant in the circumstances.

      (3) An order may be made under subsection (1) on—

      • (a) the application of a party to the proceedings; or

      • (b) the court's initiative.

      (4) Any proceedings transferred to the High Court by an order made under subsection (1) continue in that court as if they had been properly commenced there.

7 Section 53 amended (Rules of court and regulations)

Reprints notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Property (Relationships) Amendment Act (No 2) 2013 that incorporates all the amendments to that Act as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status
  • Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes
4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint