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SECTION 1013
Jurisdiction
Family Court Act (FCT) CHAPTER 686, ARTICLE 10, PART 1
§ 1013. Jurisdiction. (a) The family court has exclusive original
jurisdiction over proceedings under this article alleging the abuse or
neglect of a child.

(b) For the protection of children, the family court has jurisdiction
over proceedings under this article notwithstanding the fact that a
criminal court also has or may be exercising jurisdiction over the facts
alleged in the petition or complaint.

(c) In determining the jurisdiction of the court under this article,
the age of the child at the time the proceedings are initiated is
controlling.

(d) In determining the jurisdiction of the court under this article,
the child need not be currently in the care or custody of the respondent
if the court otherwise has jurisdiction over the matter.