Guardianship of Infants Act 1964
F90 [ Appointment of guardian ad litem for a child and provision for separate representation.
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Part IV (ss. 19-30) inserted by Children Act 1997 (40/1997), s. 11, this section not commenced as of date of revision.
Modifications (not altering text):
Prospective amending provision: section inserted by Children Act 1997 (40/1997), s. 11, not commenced as of date of revision.
F90 [ 28. — (1) If in proceedings under section 6A, 11 or 11B the child to whom the proceedings relate is not a party, the court may, if satisfied that having regard to the special circumstances of the case it is necessary in the best interests of the child to do so, appoint a guardian ad litem for the child.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), in deciding whether to appoint a guardian ad litem , the court shall, in particular, have regard to —
( a ) the age and understanding of the child,
( b ) any report on any question affecting the welfare of the child that is furnished to the court under section 47 of the Act of 1995,
( c ) the welfare of the child,
( d ) whether and to what extent the child should be given the opportunity to express the child's wishes in the proceedings, taking into account any statement in relation to those matters in any report under section 47 of the Act of 1995, and
( e ) any submission made in relation to the matter of the appointment as a guardian ad litem that is made to the court by or on behalf of a party to the proceedings or any other person to whom they relate.
(3) For the purposes of this section, the court may appoint as a guardian ad litem the person from whom, under section 47(1) of the Act of 1995, a report on any question affecting the welfare of the child was procured, or such other person as it thinks fit.
(4) If having regard to the gravity of the matters that may be in issue or any other special circumstances relating to the particular case, it appears to the court that it is necessary in the best interests of the child that the guardian ad litem ought to be legally represented, the court may order that the guardian ad litem be so represented in the proceedings.
(5) The fees and expenses of a guardian ad litem appointed pursuant to subsection (1) and the costs of obtaining legal representation pursuant to an order under subsection (4) shall be paid by such parties to the proceedings concerned, and in such proportions, or by such party to the proceedings, as the court may determine. ]