In loco parentis

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Definition of In loco parentis
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "In the place of a parent"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "In loco parentis" refers to a person who has custodial responsibility and authority over a minor although not actually being a parent. This Latin phrase literally means "in place of the parents". The Latin term "In loco parentis" can also be used in legal transfers of guardianship, or most commonly, in the case of schools, colleges or other institutions that act in the place of the parents on a day-to-day basis.

In loco parentis


Interesting History & Info about In loco parentis
The provision of the principle of "In loco parentis" dates back to Rome. The Chancery courts in England in the early 1500's were given powers to consider petitions from women and children who were in need of assistance because of abandonment or the death of a spouse.

The principles of "In loco parentis" were also later used and abused in resolving cases of delinquent children. In 1562 the Statute of Articifers act permitted the Government to forcibly separate children from poor parents.

In 1601 the English Poor Act allowed the government acting 'In loco parentis' to place children in bondage as apprentices.

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Sentences & Quotes about "In loco parentis"
Legal terms like "In loco parentis" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes demonstrating how to use "In loco parentis" in a sentence.

"Teachers and Principals must be able to react quickly and effectively to problems that arise in school, to protect their students and to provide the orderly atmosphere required for learning."

Quote by Mr. Justice Peter Cory


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