After Clause 27, insert the following new clause:
§ Minor corrections of Matrimonial Proceedings (Magistrates' Courts) Act 1960, s. 7(3)
§ ". Section 7(3) of the Matrimonial Proceedings (Magistrates' Courts) Act 1960 (which provides that where after the making by a magistrates' court of a matrimonial or interim order proceedings between, and relating to the marriage of, the parties to the proceedings in which the order was made have been begun in the High Court, the High Court may direct that the order shall cease to have effect on a date specified by that court) shall be amended as follows:—
- (a) after the words 'the High Court', where first occurring, there shall be inserted the words 'or a county court';
- (b) for the words 'the High Court', where next occurring, there shall be substituted the words 'the court in which the proceedings or any application made therein are or is pending'; and
- (c) for the words 'the High Court may specify' there shall be substituted the words 'may be specified in the direction'."
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR
My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 24. This new clause remedies an oversight which occurred when the Act of 1967 transferred jurisdiction in undefended divorce to the county court.
§ Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.