Care of Children Act 2004

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31 Application to court

(1)

An eligible person may make an application to a court with jurisdiction under this section for—

(a)

an order placing under the guardianship of the court a child who is not married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship:

(b)

an order appointing a named person to be the agent of the court either generally or for any particular purpose.

(2)

In this section, eligible person, in relation to a child, means any of the following persons:

(a)

a parent or guardian of the child:

(b)

a grandparent or an aunt or an uncle of the child:

(c)

a sibling (including a half-sibling) of the child:

(d)

a spouse or partner of a parent of the child:

(e)

the child himself or herself (who may apply without any litigation guardian):

(f)

the chief executive:

(g)

any other person granted leave to apply by the court.

Compare: 1968 No 63 s 10B

Section 31(1)(a): amended, on 1 July 2005, by section 3 of the Care of Children Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 5).

Section 31(2)(d): amended, on 1 July 2005, by section 3 of the Care of Children Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 5).