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Juvenile Courts Act

Published: 1948

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Juvenile Courts (CAP. 230 1



Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.
2 . Establishment of juvenile courts.
3 . Trial by juvenile courts.
4 . Exclusion of the public from juvenile courts.
5. Rules of procedure.


(20th December, 1948.)

1. This Act may be cited as the Juvenile Courts Act. Short title.

2. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Magistrate's Establishment of juvenile courts.
Code of Procedure Act the Governor-General may by order Cap. 255.
provide for-

(a) the establishment of one or more juvenile courts
in the magisterial districts of Antigua and Barbuda;

( b ) juvenile courts to be held elsewhere than in the
buildings used as Magistrate's Courts;

(c) fixing the time when juvenile courts shall be
held; and

(6) every juvenile court to be constituted of a
Magistrate and such other persons to be called assessors
as may be nominated by the Governor-General:


2 CAP. 230) Juvenile Courts

Provided that nothing in the order shall prevent a
Magistrate sitting alone in any case where he considers that
it would be impracticable for the court to be constituted in
manner aforesaid, or that it would be inexpedient in the
interests of justice to adjourn the business of the court.

Trial by juvenile

3. When a young person or child within the mean-
Cap. 255. ing of the Magistrate's Code of Procedure Act is charged

with any offence punishable on summary conviction, the
Magistrate shall, unless the child or young person is charged
jointly with any other person not being a child or young
person, for the purpose of hearing the charge, sit in the
juvenile court established in his district under the provisions
of this Act and, notwithstanding the provisions of any law
to the contrary, the procedure to be followed on the hearing
of such charge shall be in accordance with rules to be made
under section 5.

Exclusion of the
public from

4. (1) In a juvenile court no person other than the
juvenile courts. members and officers of the court and the parties to the case,

their solicitors and counsel, and other persons directly con-
cerned in the case, shall, except by leave of the court, be
allowed to attend.

(2) For the purposes of this section any person appointed
by the Governor-General as a Probation Officer shall be
deemed an officer of the court.

Rules of

5 . The Governor-General may make rules regulating
the procedure to be followed in juvenile courts.