This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order brings into force, on 18 May 2009, the provisions of the Family Courts Amendment Act 2008 that amend the Family Courts Act 1980 to—
remove the prohibition on Judges wearing gowns in Family Courts; and
specify who may attend a hearing of proceedings in a Family Court, if the Act under which the proceedings are brought does not provide otherwise; and
provide for the publication of a Family Court proceeding if there is no other enactment regulating the publication of reports or particulars of the proceeding; and
provide for the fees payable in respect of Family Court proceedings to be prescribed by regulations.
This order does not bring into force sections 4 and 5 of the Family Courts Amendment Act 2008 (which provide for the appointment of Senior Family Court Registrars and mediators).
Date of notification in Gazette: 9 April 2009.
This order is administered by the Ministry of Justice.