protective custody
protective custody see custody c

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

protective custody
index constraint (imprisonment), detention, preservation, safekeeping

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


protective custody
n.
The confinement of a person to protect him or her from harm, either self-inflicted or inflicted by others.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


protective custody
The confinement of a person by the government, when the authorities think it's necessary for that person's own security or well-being. A witness who is being threatened may be placed in protective custody, as may a child or other person who may harm others.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


protective custody
n. State-mandated confinement of an individual to protect the person being harmed by self or others.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


protective custody
An arrangement whereby a person is safeguarded by law enforcement authorities in a location other than the person's home because his or her safety is seriously threatened.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


protective custody
An arrangement whereby a person is safeguarded by law enforcement authorities in a location other than the person's home because his or her safety is seriously threatened.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

protective custody
n.
   the act of law enforcement officials in placing a person in a government facility or foster home in order to protect him/her from a dangerous person or situation. Most commonly a child who has been neglected or battered or is in danger from a violent person is taken in as a temporary ward of the state and held in probation facilities or placed in a foster home until a court can decide the future placement of the child. Protective custody is sometimes used to help women threatened by a husband, boyfriend or a stalker, and also for witnesses who have been threatened with physical harm or death if they testify.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • protective custody — pro.tective custody n [U] a situation in which the police make you stay somewhere to protect you from people who could harm you in/into protective custody ▪ The children were taken into protective custody …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • protective custody — N UNCOUNT If a witness in a court case is being held in protective custody, they are being kept in prison in order to prevent them from being harmed. They might be doing me a good turn if they took me into protective custody …   English dictionary

  • protective custody — detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone. [1935 40] * * * proˌtective ˈcustody [protective custody] noun uncountable the state of being kept in prison for your own safety …   Useful english dictionary

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  • protective custody — detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • protective custody — imprisonment of a person for his protection …   English contemporary dictionary

  • protective custody — noun the detention of a person for their own protection …   English new terms dictionary

  • protective custody — noun (U) a situation in which the police make you stay somewhere to protect you from other people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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