10 Social worker to report

(1)

Before the court makes any interim order, or makes any adoption order without first making an interim order,—

(a)

the Registrar of the court shall require a social worker to furnish a report on the application;

(b)

reasonable time shall be allowed to enable the social worker to furnish a report, and the court shall consider any report which the social worker may furnish; and

(c)

the Registrar shall give the social worker reasonable notice of the hearing of the application:

provided that this subsection shall not apply in any case where the applicant or one of the applicants is an existing parent of the child, whether his natural parent or his adoptive parent under any previous adoption.

(2)

The social worker shall be entitled to appear at the hearing of the application, and to cross-examine, call evidence, and address the court.

Section 10 heading: amended, on 1 April 1972, by section 23(4)(b) of the Department of Social Welfare Act 1971 (1971 No 60).

Section 10(1)(a): amended, on 1 April 1972, by section 23(4)(b) of the Department of Social Welfare Act 1971 (1971 No 60).

Section 10(1)(b): amended, on 1 April 1972, by section 23(4)(b) of the Department of Social Welfare Act 1971 (1971 No 60).

Section 10(1)(c): amended, on 1 April 1972, by section 23(4)(b) of the Department of Social Welfare Act 1971 (1971 No 60).

Section 10(2): amended, on 1 April 1972, by section 23(4)(b) of the Department of Social Welfare Act 1971 (1971 No 60).