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32 Detention of absentees.E+W

(1)If any of the following persons, that is to say—

(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F1

(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F2

(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F3

(d)a person sent to a remand home, special reception centre or training school or committed to the care of a fit person under the M1Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 [F4(but not deemed by virtue of Schedule 8 to the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 to be the subject of a care order within the meaning of that Order)],

is absent from premises at which he is required by. . . F5 the relevant Northern Ireland authority to live, or as the case may be is absent from the home, remand home, special reception centre or training school, at a time when he is not permitted by. . . F5 the relevant Northern Ireland authority to be absent from it, he may be arrested by a constable anywhere in the United Kingdom or the Channel Islands without a warrant and shall if so arrested be conducted, at the expense of the authority. . . F5, to the premises or other place aforesaid or such other premises as the authority. . . F5 may direct.

[F6(1A)If a child or young person is absent, without the consent of the responsible person—

(a)from a place of safety to which he has been taken under [F7paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 7 to the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000]; or

(b)from local authority accommodation—

(i)in which he is required to live under [F8paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to that Act]; or

(ii)to which he has been remanded under [F9 paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 7 to that Act][F10; or

(iii)to which he has been remanded or committed under section 23(1) of this Act]

he may be arrested by a constable anywhere in the United Kingdom or Channel Islands without a warrant.

(1B)A person so arrested shall be conducted to—

(a)the place of safety;

(b)the local authority accommodation; or

(c)such other place as the responsible person may direct, at the responsible person’s expense.

(1C)In this section “the responsible person” means the person who made the arrangements under [F11paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 7 to the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000] or, as the case may be, the authority designated under][F12paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to that Act, paragraph 7(8) of Schedule 7 to that Act or section][F1323 of this Act.]

(2)If a magistrates’ court is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a person specified in the information can produce a person who is absent as mentioned in subsection (1) [F14or (1A)] of this section, the court may issue a summons directed to the person so specified and requiring him to attend and produce the absent person before the court; and a person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with any such requirement shall, without prejudice to any liability apart from this subsection, be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of an amount not exceeding [F15level 3 on the standard scale].

In the application of this subsection to Northern Ireland, “magistrates court” means a magistrates’ court within the meaning of the [F16M2Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981].

[F17(2A)Without prejudice to its powers under subsection (2) of this section, a magistrates’ court (within the meaning of that subsection) may, if it is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a person who is absent as mentioned in subsection (1) or [F18(1A)(a) or (b)(i) or (ii)] of this section is in premises specified in the information, issue a search warrant authorising a constable to search the premises for that person.

(2B)A court shall not issue a summons or search warrant under subsection (2) or (2A) of this section in any case where the person who is absent is a person to whom subsection (1A) of this section applies, unless the information referred to in the said subsection (2) or (2A) is given by the [F19responsible person].]

(3)A person who knowingly compels, persuades, incites or assists another person to become or continue to be absent as mentioned in subsection (1) [F20or (1A)] of this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine of an amount not exceeding [F21level 5 on the standard scale] or both.

(4)The reference to a constable in [F22subsections (1),(1A) and (2A)] of this section includes a reference to a person who is a constable under the law of any part of the United Kingdom, to a member of the police in Jersey and to an officer of police within the meaning of section 43 of the Larceny (Guernsey) Law 1958 or any corresponding law for the time being in force, and in [F22subsection (1)]the relevant Northern Ireland authority” means in the case of a person committed to the care of a fit person, the fit person, and in the case of a person sent to a remand home, special reception centre or training school, the person in charge of that home or centre or the managers of that school.

(5)Nothing in this section authorises the arrest in Northern Ireland of, or the taking there of any proceedings in respect of, such a person as is mentioned in paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of this section.

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E1This version of this provision extends to England and Wales only; a separate version has been created for Scotland and Northern Ireland only

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F4Words in s. 32(1)(d) inserted (4.11.1996) by S.I. 1995/756, art. 7(4); S.R. (N.I.) 1996/297, art. 3

F6S. 32(1A)–(1C) substituted (14.10.1991) for subsection (1A) (which was inserted by Children Act 1975 (c. 72, SIF 49:9, 10) s. 68(1)(3) ) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 108(4)(6), Sch. 12 para. 27(1),(with Sch. 14 paras. 1(1), 30); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

F7Words in s. 32(1A)(a) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(2)(a)

F8Words in s. 32(1A)(b)(i) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(2)(b)

F9Words in s. 32(1A)(b)(ii) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(2)(c)

F10Words in s. 32(1A)(b) substituted (E.W.) (5.9.1995) by 1995 c. 16, s. 2(2)(a); S.I. 1995/2021, art. 2

F11Words in s. 32(1C) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(3)(a)

F12Words in s. 32(1C) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(3)(b)

F18Words in s. 32(2A) substituted (E.W.) (5.9.1995) by 1995 c. 16, s. 2(2)(b); S.I. 1995/2021, art. 2

F19Words in s. 32(2B) substituted (14.10.1991) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 108(4)(6), Sch. 12 para. 27(2), (with Sch. 14 paras. 1(1), 30); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 32(3) excluded (14.10.1991) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 51(5)–(7), (with Sch. 14 para. 1(1)); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

S. 32(3) restricted (4.11.1996) by S.I. 1995/755, art. 70(6)(7)(d); S.R. (N.I.) 1996/297, art. 2(2)

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M11968 c. 34. (N.I.)

32 Detention of absentees.S+N.I.

(1)If any of the following persons, that is to say—

(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F23

(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F24

(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F25

(d)a person sent to a remand home, special reception centre or training school or committed to the care of a fit person under the M3Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 [F26(but not deemed by virtue of Schedule 8 to the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 to be the subject of a care order within the meaning of that Order)],

is absent from premises at which he is required by. . . F27 the relevant Northern Ireland authority to live, or as the case may be is absent from the home, remand home, special reception centre or training school, at a time when he is not permitted by. . . F27 the relevant Northern Ireland authority to be absent from it, he may be arrested by a constable anywhere in the United Kingdom or the Channel Islands without a warrant and shall if so arrested be conducted, at the expense of the authority. . . F27, to the premises or other place aforesaid or such other premises as the authority. . . F27 may direct.

[F28(1A)If a child or young person is absent, without the consent of the responsible person—

(a)from a place of safety to which he has been taken [F29paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 7 to the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000]; or

(b)from local authority accommodation—

(i)in which he is required to live under [F30paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to that Act]; or

(ii)to which he has been remanded under [F31paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 7 to that Act] ,

he may be arrested by a constable anywhere in the United Kingdom or Channel Islands without a warrant.

(1B)A person so arrested shall be conducted to—

(a)the place of safety;

(b)the local authority accommodation; or

(c)such other place as the responsible person may direct, at the responsible person’s expense.

(1C)In this section “the responsible person” means the person who made the arrangements under [F32paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 7 to the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000] or, as the case may be, the authority designated under [F33paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to that Act, paragraph 7(8) of Schedule 7 to that Act or section] 23 of this Act.]

(2)If a magistrates’ court is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a person specified in the information can produce a person who is absent as mentioned in subsection (1) [F34or (1A)] of this section, the court may issue a summons directed to the person so specified and requiring him to attend and produce the absent person before the court; and a person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with any such requirement shall, without prejudice to any liability apart from this subsection, be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of an amount not exceeding [F35level 3 on the standard scale].

In the application of this subsection to Northern Ireland, “magistrates court” means a magistrates’ court within the meaning of the [F36M4Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981].

[F37(2A)Without prejudice to its powers under subsection (2) of this section, a magistrates’ court (within the meaning of that subsection) may, if it is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a person who is absent as mentioned in subsection (1) or (1A) of this section is in premises specified in the information, issue a search warrant authorising a constable to search the premises for that person.

(2B)A court shall not issue a summons or search warrant under subsection (2) or (2A) of this section in any case where the person who is absent is a person to whom subsection (1A) of this section applies, unless the information referred to in the said subsection (2) or (2A) is given by the [F38responsible person].]

(3)A person who knowingly compels, persuades, incites or assists another person to become or continue to be absent as mentioned in subsection (1) [F39or (1A)] of this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine of an amount not exceeding [F40level 5 on the standard scale] or both.

(4)The reference to a constable in [F41subsections (1),(1A) and (2A)] of this section includes a reference to a person who is a constable under the law of any part of the United Kingdom, to a member of the police in Jersey and to an officer of police within the meaning of section 43 of the Larceny (Guernsey) Law 1958 or any corresponding law for the time being in force, and in [F41subsection (1)]the relevant Northern Ireland authority” means in the case of a person committed to the care of a fit person, the fit person, and in the case of a person sent to a remand home, special reception centre or training school, the person in charge of that home or centre or the managers of that school.

(5)Nothing in this section authorises the arrest in Northern Ireland of, or the taking there of any proceedings in respect of, such a person as is mentioned in paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of this section.

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E2This version of this provision extends to Scotland and Northern Ireland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales only.

Amendments (Textual)

F26Words in s. 32(1)(d) inserted (4.11.1996) by S.I. 1995/756, art. 7(4); S.R. (N.I.) 1996/297, art. 3

F28S. 32(1A)–(1C) substituted (14.10.1991) for subsection (1A) (which was inserted by Children Act 1975 (c. 72, SIF 49:9, 10) s. 68(1)(3) ) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 108(4)(6), Sch. 12 para. 27(1),(with Sch. 14 paras. 1(1), 30); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

F29Words in s. 32(1A)(a) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(2)(a)

F30Words in s. 32(1A)(b) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(2)(b)

F31Words in s. 32(1A)(b)(ii) substituted (25.8.2000) by virtue of 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(2)(c)

F32Words in s. 32(1C) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(3)(a)

F33Words in s. 32(1C) substituted (25.8.2000) by 2000 c. 6, ss. 165, 168(1), Sch. 9 para. 41(3)(b)

F38Words in s. 32(2B) substituted (14.10.1991) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 108(4)(6), Sch. 12 para. 27(2), (with Sch. 14 paras. 1(1), 30); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C2S. 32(3) excluded (14.10.1991) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 51(5)–(7), (with Sch. 14 para. 1(1)); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

S. 32(3) restricted (4.11.1996) by S.I. 1995/755, art. 70(6)(7)(d); S.R. (N.I.) 1996/297, art. 2(2)

S. 32(3) restricted (S.) (12.12.1996 for certain purposes and 1.4.1997 for all remaining purposes) by 1995 c. 36, s. 38(4)(b) (with ss. 90, 103(1)); S.I. 1996/3201, arts. 3(1)(7)

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M31968 c. 34. (N.I.)

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