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in custody (of someone or something)

 and in someone's or something's custody
being kept guarded by legal authorities. The suspect was in the sheriff's custody awaiting a trial. The prisoner is in the custody of the state. The police have two suspects in custody.
See also: custody

remand someone (in)to the custody of someone

 and remand someone over to someone
to order someone placed into the custody of someone. The court remanded the prisoner into the custody of the sheriff. The judge remanded Mary to the custody of the sheriff. The judge remanded Gerald over to his father.
See also: custody, of
References in classic literature ?
How far you may be implicated in this last transaction, or how far the person who is now in custody may criminate you, you best know.
You'll leave me in sole custody of these Mounds till they're all laid low.
Taking him into custody for that purpose, or overshadowing him as if he really were his Evil Genius in visible form, Mr Wegg clapped Mr Boffin's hat upon the back of his head, and walked him out by the arm, asserting a proprietorship over his soul and body that was at once more grim and more ridiculous than anything in Mr Venus's rare collection.
This functionary, being, of course, well used to such scenes; looking upon all kinds of robbery, from petty larceny up to housebreaking or ventures on the highway, as matters in the regular course of business; and regarding the perpetrators in the light of so many customers coming to be served at the wholesale and retail shop of criminal law where he stood behind the counter; received Mr Brass's statement of facts with about as much interest and surprise, as an undertaker might evince if required to listen to a circumstantial account of the last illness of a person whom he was called in to wait upon professionally; and took Kit into custody with a decent indifference.
Have you taken Kit into custody before he had time and opportunity to beat me
Despite efforts by judges and the California Judicial Council to eradicate the use of parental alienation syndrome in custody cases, it's still cited in family courts.
UPM's Forestry and Wood Sourcing organizations in Finland and Central Europe have been granted an FSC chain of custody certificate.
The visitors arrive at police stations unannounced, and are given immediate access to the custody area.
Previous studies of the factors influencing custody decision have been qualitative.
It is not uncommon in prison systems to have inmates approved for one custody level but housed in a higher custody level.
I AM writing regarding your recent report on custody suites, particularly the custody suite at Wrexham.
West Yorkshire Police have submitted a planning application to Kirklees Council to extend and refurbish the custody suite on Albion Street.
Global Banking News-7 July 2008-Standard Bank offers custody services in Mauritius(C)2008 ENPublishing - http://www.
While Freedmen had trouble reclaiming children, single Freedwomen were in a particularly poor legal position to regain custody, since both law and custom were based upon patriarchy.
CHILD CUSTODY disputes are some of the bloodiest battlefields in the gender wars--battlefields upon which allegations of spousal and child abuse are widely regarded as a nuclear weapon.