—(1) Subject to this section, a marriage licence under section 17 or a special marriage licence under section 21 for the marriage of a minor shall not be issued or granted without the consent of a person mentioned in the Second Schedule who is authorised to give such consent.
(2) If the Registrar or, in the case of a proposed marriage by special marriage licence, the Minister is satisfied that the consent of any person whose consent is so required cannot be obtained by reason of absence or inaccessibility or by reason of his being under any disability —
the necessity for the consent of that person shall be dispensed with, if there is any other person whose consent is also required; and
if the consent of no other person is required, the Registrar or the Minister may dispense with the necessity of obtaining any consent, or the High Court may, on application being made, consent to the marriage, and the consent of the High Court so given shall have the same effect as if it had been given by the person whose consent cannot be so obtained.
(3) If any person whose consent is required refuses his consent, the High Court may, on application being made, consent to the marriage, and the consent of the High Court so given shall have the same effect as if it had been given by the person whose consent is so refused.
(4) An application to the High Court under this section shall be made to a judge in chambers.
(5) When an application is made to the High Court in consequence of a refusal to give consent, notice of the application shall be served upon the person who refused to give consent.
(6) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Part, consent to the marriage of a minor shall not be necessary if the minor has been previously married.
(7) There shall be no appeal from an order of a judge under this section.