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Does anyone know if a District Court Judge has jurisdiction over a foreign passport?

by yvonne / Posted 27/11/2014 / Updated 16/12/2014

My son has an Irish passport and we live in the UK. A district court judge is attempting to make an order forcing me to surrender the Irish passport. We have argued with him that he does not have jurisdiction over the Irish passport - he does not agree. Our understanding is that only a High court judge can make such an order. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks!


From Nick Johnston / Posted: 16/12/2014
The Passport is legally the property of the Government that issued it. I am not a lawyer but I believe that any Judge ordering the retention of property belonging to another Government could find themselves in some difficulty. I suggest you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible for clarification

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