Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015

    An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to children alleged and found to be in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection by catering to their basic needs through proper care, protection, development, treatment, social re-integration, by adopting a child-friendly approach in the adjudication and disposal of matters in the best interest of children and for their rehabilitation through processes provided, and institutions and bodies established, hereinunder and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

    Citation : No 2 of 2016

    Territorial extent : Whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir

    Enacted by : Parliament of India

    Date enacted : 7 May 2015 (Lok Sabha)22 December 2015 (Rajya Sabha

    Date assented to : 31 December 2015

    Total Chapter : 8

    Total Section : 73
1 Short title, extent, commencement and application
2 Definitions
3 General principles to be followed in administration of Act
4 Juvenile Justice Board
5 Placement of person, who cease to be a child during process of inquiry
6 Placement of persons, who committed an offence, when person was below the age of eighteen years
7 Procedure in relation to Board
8 Powers, functions and responsibilities of the Board
9 Procedure to be followed by a Magistrate who has not been empowered under this Act
10 Apprehension of child alleged to be in conflict with law
11 Role of person in whose charge child in conflict with law is placed
12 Bail to a person who is apparently a child alleged to be in conflict with law
13 Information to parents, guardian or probation officer
14 Inquiry by Board regarding child in conflict with law
15 Preliminary assessment into heinous offences by Board
16 Review of pendency of inquiry
17 Orders regarding a child not found to be in conflict with law
18 Orders regarding child found to be in conflict with law
19 Powers of Children's Court
20 Child attained age of twenty-one years and yet to complete prescribed term of stay in place of safety
21 Order that may not be passed against a child in conflict with law
22 Proceeding under Chapter VIII of the Code of Criminal Procedure not to apply against child
23 No joint proceedings of child in conflict with law and person not a child
24 Removal of disqualification on the findings of an offence
25 Special provision in respect of pending cases
26 Provision with respect of run away child in conflict with law
27 Child Welfare Committee
28 Procedure in relation to Committee
29 Powers of Committee
30 Functions and responsibilities of Committee
31 Production before Committee
32 Mandatory reporting regarding a child found separated from guardian
33 Offence of nonreporting
34 Penalty for nonreporting
35 Surrender of children
36 Inquiry
37 Orders passed regarding a child in need of care and protection
38 Procedure for declaring a child legally free for adoption
39 Process of rehabilitation and social reintegration
40 Restoration of child in need of care and protection
41 Registration of child care institutions
42 Penalty for nonregistration of child care institutions
43 Open shelter
44 Foster care
45 Sponsorship
46 After care of children leaving child care institution
47 Observation homes
48 Special homes
49 Place of safety
50 Children’s Home
51 Fit facility
52 Fit person
53 Rehabilitation and reintegration services in institutions registered under this Act and management thereof
54 Inspection of institutions registered under this Act
55 Evaluation of functioning of structures
56 Adoption
57 Eligibility of prospective adoptive parents
58 Procedure for adoption by Indian prospective adoptive parents living in India
59 Procedure for inter-country adoption of an orphan or abandoned or surrendered child
60 Procedure for inter-country relative adoption
61 Court procedure and penalty against payment in consideration of adoption
62 Additional procedural requirements and documentation
63 Effect of adoption
64 Reporting of adoption
65 Specialised Adoption Agencies
66 Adoption of children residing in institutions not registered as adoption agencies
67 State Adoption Resource Agency
68 Central Adoption Resource Authority
69 Steering Committee of Authority
70 Powers of Authority
71 Annual Report of Authority
72 Grants by Central Government
73 Accounts and audit of Authority

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