CHAPTER 198

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 284

AN ACT TO PERMIT FAMILY COURT TO ORDER CHILDREN UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE TO WORK AND MAKE RESTITUTION TO REPAY THEIR VICTIMS.

WHEREAS, Section 511, Title 19 of the Delaware Code, prohibits the employment of children under fourteen years of age except in connection with certain listed occupations; and

WHEREAS, it would appear from an Attorney General's opinion that Family Court may not order children under fourteen years of age to work to repay victims of their offenses; and

WHEREAS, it would be in the best interest of children under fourteen years of age who commit delinquent acts to become accountable in their younger years by performing work so as to make restitution to their victims.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend §501, Title 19 of the Delaware Code, by adding a new Subsection (e) thereto, to read as follows:

"(e) Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent children of any age from performing work as ordered by the Family Court as a condition of probation."

Approved February 8, 1982.