Courts Act, 1971

Amendment of section 2 of Legitimacy Act, 1931.

20.Section 2 of the Legitimacy Act, 1931 , is hereby amended by the insertion after subsection (1) of the following subsections:

“(1A) A person claiming that a child of his is or was a legitimated person may, whether the child is or is not domiciled in the State and whether the child is or is not a natural-born British subject within the meaning of the Legitimacy Declaration Act (Ireland), 1868 , institute proceedings under that Act praying for a decree that the child is the legitimate child of his parents, and that Act shall apply accordingly.

(1B) Proceedings instituted by virtue of this section shall be heard in chambers.”.