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PROTECTION OF CHILDREN   135

children's aid societies. The imprisonment of any child in a lock-up or a police cell, pending trial for any offence, is prohibited, the municipality being charged with providing suitable premises for the care of the child until the case is disposed of. The Agent of the Children's Aid Society must be notified of any police complaint with respect to a child, in order that he may have an opportunity of investigating the circumstances.

The Act contains provisions for the appointing of commissioners with the power of police magistrates to hear and determine complaints against juvenile offenders apparently under the age of sixteen years, but this provision has been superseded by The Juvenile Courts Oct, which provides for the establishment of juvenile courts, and the appointment of suitable persons as judges of such courts wherever The Dominion Juvenile Delinquents Act is proclaimed. The Juvenile Delinquents ,4ct deals with children charged with offences against The Criminal Code, which are, of course, beyond the legislative powers of Ontario, and the Act is a necessary adjunct to The Children's Protection .Ict.


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