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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 21 September 2017 at 13:31)
Chapter 4 Part 7
Part 7 Preliminary hearings
 This Part enables a preliminary hearing to be held before a full adoption hearing. At such a hearing the Court may examine certain prescribed matters. Matters that might be prescribed are for example, that a child may have indicated he or she does not want to be placed with the proposed family or that continued access of relatives significant to an older child has not been provided for.
80   Preliminary hearings
(1)  The Court may hold a preliminary hearing in relation to any matter concerning or arising out of an application to adopt a child that is prescribed by the regulations.
(2)  The Court must hold a preliminary hearing before the placement for adoption of:
(a)  an Aboriginal child with a prospective adoptive parent other than an Aboriginal, or
(b)  a Torres Strait Islander child with a prospective adoptive parent other than a Torres Strait Islander.
(3)  The Court may hold a preliminary hearing on its own motion or on application of a person of a class prescribed by the regulations.
(4)  The Court may give such directions and make any order it thinks fit at a preliminary hearing.
(5)  Without limiting subsection (4), the Court may make an order as to parental responsibility for the child (including an interim order) and any order that it may make at an adoption hearing.
81   When may preliminary hearings be held?
A preliminary hearing may be held at any time before the making of an adoption order.
82   Notice to be given
Unless the Court dispenses with notice, notice of the preliminary hearing is to be given to the child, the prospective adoptive parent or parents and any other person to whom the Court directs the notice be given.
83   Rules of court
Rules of court may be made for and with respect to preliminary hearings.