Guardianship of Infants Act 1964
F88 [ Power to proceed in absence of child.
27. — (1) It shall not be necessary in proceedings under section F89 [ section 6A, 6C, 6E, 11, 11B or 11E ] for the child to whom the proceedings relate to be brought before the court or to be present for all or any part of the hearing unless the court, either of its own motion or at the request of any of the parties to the proceedings, is satisfied that it is necessary for the proper disposal of the proceedings.
(2) Where the child requests to be present during the hearing or a particular part of the hearing of the proceedings, the court shall grant the request unless it appears to it that, having regard to the age of the child or the nature of the proceedings, it would not be in the child ’ s best interests to accede to the request. ]