Monday 20 November 2017

Landmark surrogacy appeal next year

Tim Healy

AN appeal over a landmark ruling on surrogacy may be heard in the Supreme Court next year.

The appeal arises out of a  High Court ruling earlier this year that a genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate could be named as the legal mother on the birth certificate of her children.

 

The State is appealing that decision.

 

It claims it is necessary to bring certainty to “this vital area of law”.

 

Today, Chief Justice Susan Denham agreed to a request for a priority hearing after the court heard a lawyer for the family was concerned about the delays her clients would have to face because of the appeal by the State.

 

Ms Justice Denhan said it was possible the case could get a hearing date next January.

 

Last March, the High Court ruled the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate was entitled to be registered as their mother on their birth certificates.

 

The surrogate mother, the sister of the genetic mother, had supported the couple's application.

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