Peace Officers (Inner Islands and Outlying Islands) Act
Act 11 of 1963
- Commenced on 26 December 1947
- [This is the version of this document at 30 June 2012 and includes any amendments published up to 30 June 2014.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Peace Officers (Inner Islands and Outlying Islands) Act
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"competent court" means the Supreme Court, the Magistrates Court or a Justice of the Peace within the limit of his Jurisdiction;"contract of senior" means a contract to employ or to serve as a servant in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Act;"employer" means any person or body of persons corporate or unincorporate who or which has entered into a contract of senior to employ any servant and includes the agent or manager of such person or body of persons;"Inner Island" or Outlying Island" means any of the Inner Islands or Outlying Islands, as the case may be, specified in the First Schedule;"owner" means the owner of an island and includes the lessee or usufructuary;"island" means an island to which this Act applies;"Justice of the Peace" means a Justice of the Peace appointed by the President after consultation with the Chief Justice to have jurisdiction as specified in the appointment over all or any of the islands mentioned in the First Schedule;"servant" means any person employed by an employer on an island.
3. Application of ActThis Act shall apply to the islands set out in the First Schedule.
4. Appointment and powers of Peace Officers
5. Prison cells
6. Record of arrests and penalties
7. Revisionary powers of Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court shall, in cases tried by a Peace Officer, have the same powers of revision as are vested in it by the Criminal Procedure Code in cases of revision of proceedings before subordinate courts.
8. Serious offences committed on islands
Part III – Justice of the peace
9. Visits to islandsAll powers and duties conferred or imposed on a Justice of the Peace by this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any of the powers and duties of a Justice of the Peace under the Criminal Procedure Code.
10. No wages to accrue during imprisonmentA Justice of the Peace may hold sittings in any convenient room or place on any island for which he is appointed, and at such time and on such days as may be convenient to him.
11. Power to make regulations
13.Every Justice of the Peace shall keep a register in which shall be entered a note of all orders, requisitions, judgments and executions, and of all other proceedings held by him under the provisions of this Act, and every entry in such register signed by the Justice of the Peace or any certified copy thereof shall at all times be admitted as evidence of every such entry and of all proceedings referred to in such evidence of every such entry and of all proceedings referred to in such entry and of the regularity of such proceedings without further proof.
14.As soon as possible after his return from any island the Justice of the Peace shall hand over his records to the Supreme Court which shall have custody of the same, and any copy certified by the Registrar of any entry made therein by the Justice of the Peace shall be as valid and effectual as a copy certified by the Justice of the Peace himself.
Part IV – General
16.No wages shall accrue to the credit of any servant during any term of imprisonment undergone by him.
17.Every employer shall not less than one week before the intended departure of any vessel to any island on which he employs servants give notice thereof to the Chief Executive Officer under the Employment Act
18. Executive officer under the Employment Act
19.The President may appoint any public officer whose presence may be deemed necessary on any island for service on such island, and the owner, lessee or occupier of such island shall provide for such officer suitable accommodation and such articles of food at current rates as may be reasonably required for his use.
20.Any person who commits an offence against this Act or regulations made for which no special penalty is provided shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months.
21.Nothing in the provisions of this Act shall prevent any employer or servant from being proceeded against according to law for any offence punishable under any law for the time being in force.
History of this document
26 December 1947