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Confidentiality order

307N Confidentiality order

(1) The tribunal may, by order (a
"confidentiality order" ), prohibit or restrict the disclosure to a party to an adoption proceeding of all or some of the evidence given before the tribunal, or of the whole or part of the contents of a document given to, or received in evidence by, the tribunal for the review.
(2) Subsection (3) applies for the purpose of the tribunal—
(a) deciding whether to make a confidentiality order; or
(b) giving effect to a confidentiality order.
(3) The tribunal may—
(a) exclude a party, and any representative of the party, from part of an adoption proceeding; or
(b) deal with a document in a way that ensures it is not disclosed to a party.
(4) The tribunal may make a confidentiality order only if it is satisfied that if it does not do so—
(a) a child is likely to be harmed; or
(b) the safety of another person is likely to be endangered; or
(c) there would be undue interference with the privacy of a child or another person.
(5) The tribunal may act under subsection (1) on its own initiative or on application by a party to an adoption proceeding.
(6) A confidentiality order does not act to prohibit or limit the disclosure of material to a separate representative in an adoption proceeding.

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