Restriction on further applications under the Children Act 1989—section 91(14) orders
Restriction on further applications under the Children Act 1989—section 91(14) orders

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Restriction on further applications under the Children Act 1989—section 91(14) orders
  • Restriction on further applications
  • Requirements for a s 91(14) order
  • Duration of the order
  • Terms of a s 91(14) order
  • Guidance for making s 91(14) order
  • Guidance in cases involving litigants in person

Restriction on further applications

Section 91(14) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) provides that when a court disposes of any application for an order under that Act, it can make an order that no application for an order under that Act of any specified kind may be made with respect to the child concerned by any person named in the order without the leave of the court. This applies whether or not it makes any other order in response to the application.

It effectively enables the court to restrict access to the court at the conclusion of proceedings in respect of a child by requiring the court's leave to make further applications.

These orders are sometimes referred to as barring orders.

The court cannot make an order under ChA 1989, s 91(14) (s 91(14) order) unless there is an application before it under ChA 1989.

A s 91(14) order restraining future applications without permission from the court may be made when dealing with any applications under ChA 1989 in both private and public law proceedings.

A s 91(14) order does not stop an application being made to the court but it acts as a filter. The effect of a such an order is to restrict an applicant who would otherwise have an automatic entitlement to apply to the court for an order from