15. Section 33 of the principal Act is repealed and the following section substituted therefor:
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, no child or young person shall be charged with or tried for any offence by a court of summary jurisdiction except a Juvenile Court.
(2) Where a child or young person is charged with any offence triable only by the High Court, he shall be tried by the High Court unless —
the Public Prosecutor applies to the Juvenile Court to try such offence; and
the legal representative of the child or young person concerned consents to the offence being tried by the Juvenile Court.
(3) Where a charge is made jointly against a child or young person and a person who has attained the age of 16 years, the charge shall be heard by a court of appropriate jurisdiction other than a Juvenile Court.
(4) Where, in the course of any proceedings before any court of appropriate jurisdiction other than a Juvenile Court, it appears that the person to whom the proceedings relate is a child or young person, the court may, notwithstanding subsection (1), proceed with the hearing and determination of the proceedings if it thinks fit.
(5) A Juvenile Court shall have jurisdiction to try all offences which, but for subsections (1) and (2), would be triable only by a Magistrate’s Court, a District Court or the High Court.
(6) A person who has attained the age of 16 years on the date of commencement of the hearing of the charge shall not be tried for any offence by a Juvenile Court, but where in the course of any trial before a Juvenile Court the child or young person to whom the trial relates attains the age of 16 years, nothing in this subsection shall prevent the Juvenile Court, if it thinks fit, from proceeding with the trial and dealing with the child or young person in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(7) In this section, “legal representative”, in relation to a child or young person who is charged with an offence, includes any person assisting the child or young person in his defence to the charge.”.