ward of court

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1 A minor under the care of a guardian (appointed by the parents or the court), who exercises rights and duties over the child subject to the general control and discretion of the court.

2 A minor in respect of whom a wardship order has been made and over whom the court exercises parental rights and duties. A child becomes a ward of court when a wardship order is made and remains a ward until he reaches the age of 18 or the court orders that he should cease to be a ward. Any child who is actually in England or Wales (or ordinarily resident in England or Wales) may be made a ward of court, even though he is neither domiciled there nor a British subject. Marriage of a ward does not necessarily terminate the wardship.

Subjects: Law.

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