Children Act 2001

Notification of proceedings to parent or guardian.

62

62.—(1) Where a child who is in custody in a Garda Síochána station is charged with an offence and the child’s parent or guardian is present at the station, the member in charge of the station shall ensure that—

( a) a copy of the charge sheet containing particulars of the offence is handed to the parent or guardian, and

( b) as soon as practicable, a notification in writing is sent to the child’s parents or guardian of—

(i) the time, date and place of the child’s first appearance before the court, and

(ii) the provisions of section 91 concerning non-attendance, without reasonable excuse, of a parent or guardian at the court proceedings.

(2) Where the child’s parent or guardian is not present at the station and his or her address is known, the member in charge of the station shall ensure that as soon as practicable—

( a) a copy of the charge sheet containing particulars of the offence is sent to the parents or guardian, and

( b) a notification in writing is sent to the parents or guardian of—

(i) the time, date and place of the child’s first appearance before the court,

(ii) the provisions of section 91 concerning the non-attendance, without reasonable excuse, of a parent or guardian at the court proceedings,

(iii) whether or not a recognisance was taken from the child,

(iv) the name of any adult who attended at the station at the request of the child, and

(v) if the child consulted a solicitor, the solicitor’s name and address.