Children Act, 2001

Places of detention.

150.—(1) The Minister may from time to time by order designate as a children detention centre any institution (or part thereof) or other place which in the opinion of the Minister is suitable for the detention of offenders who are between 16 and 18 years of age.

(2) No sentence of detention imposed by the Children Court under this section for an offence shall be for longer than the term of imprisonment which the Court could have imposed on a person of full age and capacity who is convicted of such an offence.

(3) An order under this section shall specify the date on which it comes into force.

(4) (a)  An order under this section may specify the class or classes of children who may be detained in a children detention centre by reference to age or sex.

(b)  A person who is not of a class so specified in relation to a particular children detention centre shall not be detained in that centre.

(5) An order under this section shall not affect the lawfulness of the detention of any person who was detained in the institution or place concerned immediately before the order came into force.

(6) The Minister may be order amend or revoke any order made under this section, including an order under this subsection.