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

CourtMinistry of Women and Child Development
Coming into Force15 January 2016
Record Number201602
Enactment Date31 December 2015
Act Number02
Date31 December 2015
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THE JUVENILE JUSTICE (CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN) ACT, 2015
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
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CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
SECTIONS
1. Short title, extent, commencement and application.
2. Definitions.
CHAPTER II
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
3. General principles to be followed in administration of Act.
CHAPTER III
JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD
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.
CHAPTER IV
PROCEDURE IN RELATION TO CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH LAW
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.
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SECTIONS
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.
CHAPTER V
CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE
27. Child Welfare Committee.
28. Procedure in relation to Committee.
29. Powers of Committee.
30. Functions and responsibilities of Committee.
CHAPTER VI
PROCEDURE IN RELATION TO CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE AND PROTECTION
31. Production before Committee.
32. Mandatory reporting regarding a child found separated from guardian.
33. Offence of non-reporting.
34. Penalty for non-reporting.
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.
CHAPTER VII
REHABILITATION AND SOCIAL RE-INTEGRATION
39. Process of rehabilitation and social re-integration.
40. Restoration of child in need of care and protection.
41. Registration of child care institutions.
42. Penalty for non-registration 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.
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SECTIONS
49. Place of safety.
50. Children’s Home.
51. Fit facility.
52. Fit person.
53. Rehabilitation and re-integration services in institutions registered under this Act and management
thereof.
54. Inspection of institutions registered under this Act.
55. Evaluation of functioning of structures.
CHAPTER VIII
ADOPTION
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.
CHAPTER IX
OTHER OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN
74. Prohibition on disclosure of identity of children.
75. Punishment for cruelty to child.
76. Employment of child for begging.
77. Penalty for giving intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or psychotropic substance to a child.

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