Child laws

SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT

NO. 3 OF 2006 SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT [Date of assent: 14th July, 2006.] [Date of commencement: 21st July, 2006.] An Act of Parliament to make provision about sexual offences, their definition, prevention and the protection of all persons from harm from unlawful sexual acts, and for connected purposes [Act No. 3 of 2006, Act No. 7 of 2007, Act No. 6 of 2009, Act No. 8 of 2010, Act No. 12 of 2012.] 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Sexual Offences Act. 2. Interpretation (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “act which causes penetration” means an act contemplated under this Act; “child” has the meaning assigned thereto in the Children Act (Cap. 141); “complainant” means the Republic or the alleged victim of a sexual offence and in the case of a child or a person with mental disabilities, includes a person who lodges a complaint on behalf of the alleged victim where the victim is unable or inhibited from lodging and following up a complaint of sexual abuse; “consent” has the meaning assigned to it under this Act; “DNA” means deoxyribonucleic acid… Read More

 

EMPLOYMENT ACT

An Act of Parliament to repeal the Employment Act, declare and define the fundamental rights of employees, to provide basic conditions of employment of employees, to regulate employment of children, and to provide for matters connected with the foregoing [L.N. 8/2008, L.N. 61/2008, Corr. No. 1/2008.] PART I – PRELIMINARY 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Employment Act, 2007. 2. Interpretation In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “authorised officer” means a labour officer, employment officer or medical officer; “Board” means the National Labour Board; “casual employee” means a person the terms of whose engagement provide for his payment at the end of each day and who is not engaged for a longer period than twenty-four hours at a time; “child” means a person who has not attained the age of eighteen years; “collective agreement” means a registered agreement concerning any terms and conditions of employment made in writing between a trade union and an employer, group of employers or employers’ organization; “contract of service” means an agreement, whether oral or in writing, and whether expressed or implied, to employ or to serve as an employee for a period of time, and includes a contract of apprenticeship and indentured learnership but does not include a foreign contract of …Read more

 

COUNTER-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT

An Act of Parliament to implement Kenya’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime particularly its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; to provide for the offences relating to trafficking in persons and for connected purposes [Act No. 12 of 2012.] PART I – PRELIMINARY 1. Short title and commencement This Act may be cited as the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act, 2010 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, appoint. [Act No. 12 of 2012.] 2. Interpretation In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “Advisory Committee” means the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Advisory Committee established under section 19; “Board of Trustees” means the Board of Trustees of the Fund established by section 24; “child” has the meaning assigned to it in the Children Act, 2001 (No. 8 of 2001); “consent” in relation to a person means that the person agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice; “exploitation” includes but is not limited…Read more

PROHIBITION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION ACT

An Act of Parliament to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation, to safeguard against violation of a person’s mental or physical integrity through the practice of female genital mutilation and for connected purposes PART I – PRELIMINARY 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011. 2. Interpretation In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “Board” means the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board established under section 3; “female genital mutilation” comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs, or any harmful procedure to the female genitalia, for non-medical reasons, and includes— (a) clitoridectomy, which is the partial or total removal of the clitoris or the prepuce; (b) excision, which is the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora…Read more

 

THE PENAL CODE

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I – GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section Chapter I – prelImInary

1 – Short title.

2 – Saving.

C hapter II – InterpretatIon

3 – General rule of construction of Code.

4 – Interpretation.

Chapter III – terrItorIal applICatIon of Code

5 – Jurisdiction of local courts.

6 – Offences committed partly within and partly beyond the jurisdiction.

Chapter IV – General rules as to CrImInal responsIbIlIty

7 – Ignorance of law.

8 – Bona fide claim of right.

9 – Intention and motive.

10 – Mistake of fact.

11 – Presumption of sanity.

12 – Insanity.

13 – Intoxication.

14 – Immature age.

15 – Judicial officers….

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THE ADOPTION ACT

CHAPTER 143

2 of 1958, 9 of 1967, 4 of 1978, 13 of 1980

Commencement Date: 1959-06-16

“guardian”, in relation to an infant, means a person appointed by deed or will, in accordance with the provisions of any written law relating to the guardianship of infants for the time being in force in Kenya, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, to be the guardian of the infant;

“infant” means a person under eighteen years of age, but does not include a person who is or has been married;

“interim order” means an order under section 8;

“parent” does not include the natural father of an illegitimate infant;

“relative”, in relation to an infant, means a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt, whether of the full blood, of the half-blood or by affinity, and –

(a) where an adoption order has been made in respect of the infant or any other person under this Act or any other law relating to adoption for the time being in force in any of the East African Territories or the United Kingdom, any person who would be a relative of the infant within the meaning of this definition if the adopted person were the child of the adopter born in lawful wedlock…Read more