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The names, addresses and means of communication for the central authorities designated pursuant to Article 53:
The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit
London WC2B 6EX
Tel.: +44 (0) 20 3681 2608
Fax: +44 (0) 20 3681 2763
The languages accepted for communications to central authorities pursuant to Article 57(2): English, French.
The languages accepted for the certificate concerning rights of access and return of the child pursuant to Article 45(2): English, French.
The applications provided for by Articles 21 and 29 shall be submitted to the following courts:
- in England and Wales, the High Court of Justice – Principal Registry of the Family Division.
The appeal provided for by Article 33 shall be lodged with the following courts:
- in England and Wales, the High Court of Justice – Principal Registry of the Family Division;
The appeals provided for in Article 34 may be brought only by a single further appeal on a point of law:
- in England and Wales, to the Court of Appeal.
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