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Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968

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(1)In this Act—

  • “the Act of 1950” means the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 [1950 c.5] ;

  • Definition rep. by 1998 NI 9

  • Definition rep. by 1995 NI 2

  • [F1“child”[F2, except when used in section 22,] means a person under the age of fourteen[F2 and, when used in section 22, has the meaning assigned to it by that section];

  • “Children Order” means the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995;]

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  • “credentials” in relation to a person acting in any capacity means some duly authenticated document showing that he is authorised to act in that capacity;

  • “doctor” means a fully registered medical practitioner;

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  • “intoxicating liquor” means any fermented, distilled or spirituous liquor which under the law for the time being in force is subject to an excise duty;

  • “legal guardian”, in relation to a child or young person, means[F1 a guardian of a child as defined in the Children Order];

  • Definition rep. by 1972 NI 14

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  • “parent”, in relation to any child or young person, or other person—


    who is illegitimate, includes his putative father;

    Para. (b) rep. by 1987 NI 22

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  • “public place” includes any public park, garden, sea beach or railway station, and any ground to which the public for the time being have or are permitted to have access, whether on payment or otherwise;

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  • [F1“responsibility” shall be construed in accordance with section 36;]

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  • “street” includes any highway and any public bridge, road, lane, footway, square, court, alley or passage, whether a thoroughfare or not;

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  • “young person” means a person who has attained the age of fourteen and is under the age of seventeen.

(2)References in this Act to findings of guilt and findings that an offence has been committed shall be construed as including references to pleas of guilty and admissions that an offence has been committed.

(3)References in this Act to the age of any person are expressed in years.

(4)For the purposes of this Act a statement made regardless of whether it is true or false shall be deemed to be made recklessly, whether or not the person making it had reasons for believing that it might be false.

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