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A person, especially an infant or incompetent, placed by the court in the care of a guardian.


Guardian and Ward.


n. 1) a person (usually a minor) who has a guardian appointed by the court to care for and take responsibility for that person. A governmental agency may take temporary custody of a minor for his/her protection and care if the child is suffering from parental neglect or abuse, or has been in trouble with the law. Such a child is a "ward of the court" (if the custody is court-ordered) or a "ward of the state." 2) a political division of a city, much like a council district. (See: guardian)


noun care, charge, custody, defense, guard, guardianship, keeping, preservation, protection, safeguard, safekeeping, security, trusteeship, tutelage, vigilance, watch, watchfulness
Associated concepts: ward of the state
See also: bailiwick, charge, control, custody, dependent, district, division, juvenile, minor, orphan, preservation, protect, protégé, region, supervision


of court see WARDSHIP.

WARD, domestic relations. An infant placed by authority of law under the care of a guardian.
     2. While under the care of a guardian a ward can make no contract whatever binding upon him, except for necessaries. When the relation of guardian and ward ceases, the latter is entitled to have an account of the administration of his estate from the former. During the existence of this relation, the ward is under the subjection of his guardian, who stands in loco parentis.

WARD, a district. Most cities are divided for various purposes into districts, each of which is called a ward.

WARD, police. To watch in the day time, for the purpose of preventing violations of the law.
     2. It is the duty of all police officers and constables to keep ward in their respective districts.

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A MOTHER held in a detention centre last night told of her children's fears following a decision to make them wards of court pending possible deportation, after a legal battle by the Home Office.
Mr Justice Kirkwood has ordered a total reporting ban on the London High Court hearing where social services are applying for Belinda and Kimberley to be made wards of court.
At the High Court in London, Mr Justice Hayden made the girls - two aged 15 and three aged 16 - wards of court after fears were raised by Tower Hamlets council.
The four have since been made British wards of court but because Palestinian authorities do not recognise the Hague Convention there is no way of enforcing this court order.
Mrs Justice Hogg made the two girls wards of court and said their future would now be decided by the High Court, with the Official Solicitor acting on their behalf.
Mrs Justice Hogg, who made Jade and Hannah Bennett wards of court, said last night she wanted to thank the press and media for their role in the successful return of the girls and their foster parents.
I really am unhappy that these are British wards of court and they are effectively incarcerated in Nablus.
However, the decision by the HSE to make seven underage protesters wards of court was the correct one.