16. Section 55 of the principal Act is amended —
by deleting subsections (1), (2) and (3) and substituting the following subsections:
“(1) An appeal shall lie to an Appeal Board constituted under this section from any decision of the Court —
by any person aggrieved by the decision if the amount in issue on appeal is not less than $450;
in all cases involving any decision as to personal status, by any person aggrieved by the decision;
in all cases relating to maintenance, by any person aggrieved by the decision;
in all cases relating to custody of minor children, by any person aggrieved by the decision;
in all cases relating to the disposition or division of property on divorce or nullification of marriage, by any party aggrieved by the decision;
to grant or refuse leave to commence or to continue civil proceedings under section 35A, by the other party in the civil proceedings; or
in any other case, with the leave of the Appeal Board.
(2) No appeal under subsection (1) (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e) shall lie against a decision of the Court by consent except with the leave of the Appeal Board.”;
by deleting the word “annually” in the second line of subsection (4) and substituting the words “at least once in every 2 years”;
by inserting, immediately after the words “subsection (1)” in the third line of subsection (5), the words “or (2)”; and
by inserting, immediately after the word “retrial” at the end of subsection (6), the words “, or award costs if it thinks fit”.