custody – control or care, and obligation of safeguard, of a thing or person for inspection, preservation, or security; not possession

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n. (15c)

1. The care and control of a thing or person for inspection, preservation, or security. [1]

1. As applied to property, “custody” means control or care, not possession; the mere putting of one’s property the custody of another does not divest the possession of the owner. 42 Am J1st prop § 42; 32 Am J1st Larc § 56.
     See in custody. [2]

1. As applied to property, control and the obligation to safeguard.  USAGE: “the bank has custody of my passport; it’s in my safe deposit box.
     See chain of custody. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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