(cf SCR Part 73, rule 4)
(1) Once proceedings (
"the original proceedings" ) have been commenced under the Adoption Act 2000 in relation to any person, any further proceedings under that Act in relation to the same person (whether or not they form part of, or relate to, the original proceedings), are to be commenced by notice of motion filed in the original proceedings.Note : Pursuant to rule 6.4, the original proceedings must be commenced by summons.
(2) Applications for adoption orders for 2 or more children may be joined in one application if the same person is the proposed adoptive parent, or the same persons are the proposed adoptive parents, of all the children.
(3) The originating process is not to state a return day.
(4) Nothing in subrule (3) affects any requirement under rule 56.5 to state an appointment for a preliminary hearing.
(5) The Supreme Court may of its own motion appoint a day for the hearing of the proceedings.
(6) If the Supreme Court appoints a day for hearing the proceedings, it must ensure that the parties are given notice of the appointment at least 5 days before the day appointed.
(7) If the Supreme Court makes an appointment for hearing under this rule, it may give directions for service of notice of the appointment or for otherwise notifying the parties of the appointment.