Public Assistance Act, 1939

Penalty for refusal to deliver up the custody of a child.

81.—(1) If a person who is required by or under this Act to deliver up the custody of a child to a public assistance authority wilfully refuses or neglects so to deliver up such custody, such person shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding five pounds.

(2) Whenever a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the Justice of the District Court by whom such person is so convicted shall make at the time of such conviction an order for the removal of the child in relation to which such offence was committed from the custody of such person to the custody of the public assistance authority which is entitled by virtue of this Act to have the custody of such child.