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


Guardian and Ward.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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of court see WARDSHIP.
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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Bobby was made a ward of court by the High Court last week in a bid to find him when he left home just hours after encountering members of the cult in Romford, Essex.
Bobby Kelly, aged 16, was made a ward of court after an application from his grandmother, Ruth, his sole legal guardian and with whom he lived in Romford, Essex.
Justice Richard Johnson directed an application be made for the boy to be a ward of court.
A spokesman for the Crown Office said: "It is almost like being made a ward of court. Therefore, it is the court's responsibility to look after the dog pending the appeal."
Police and relatives of Sheila Delaney, who has been missing since September 1 with her son Kieran, urged her to return as he was made a ward of court.
Approving the settlement yesterday, Mr Justice Lavan said an application would be made later for Kurtis to be made a ward of court. The court was told that the situation would be monitored by social workers.
She made A-M a ward of court, but gave care and control of her to the couple, with provision for contact with the natural parents.
Sarah, 13, of Essex, was made a ward of court and ordered home after her illegal marriage to an 18-year-old jobless Turk she met while on holiday.
But on March 18 High Court President Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan ordered the baby be made a ward of court and authorised for surgeons at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children to carry out the heart procedure.
Her first daughter - now grown up - was made a ward of court and her next two children were given up for adoption.
Ms Power said an urgent application had been brought before High Court President Mr Joseph Finnegan on March 18 who ordered the baby be made a ward of court and authorised the hospital to provide medical treatment as it deemed appropriate.
But he said he believed the appropriate course would be to direct an inquiry under the auspices of the President of the High Court as to whether Mr Dempsey be made a ward of court.