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reign of His late Majesty, King William the Fourth, to prevent the No. 8. resort of rogues, vagabonds, and other idle and disorderly persons,
Act 3 Vic. to the Bahama Islands, for the punishment and correction of certain offences therein specified, and for other purposes therein mentioned : and all that other Act of the said General Assembly, made in the 5 W. 4, c. 17. Fifth year of His said late Majesty's reign, to amend the said lastmentioned Act: and all other laws or parts of laws which are in any wise repugnant to, or inconsistent with, this Act, shall be, and the same are, hereby repealed.
XVI. That this Act shall commence and take effect in all islands of the colony from and after the first day of September, One thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine.
XVII. This clause, which was a duration clause of five years, is repealed by 3 Vic. ch. 34.
TURKS AND Caicos ISLANDS, TO WIT :
day of in the year of Our Lord
A. B. is convicted before me, C. D., one of Her Majesty's Stipendiary Justices of the Peace, in and for the Turks and Caicos Islands, of being an idle and disorderly person, or a rogue and vagabond, or an incorrigible rogue, within the intent and meaning of the Act of Assembly, made in the
year of the reign of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, entitled, “An Act,” (here insert the title of this Act,) that is to say, for that the said A. B., on the
at in the said Turks and Caicos Islands (here state the offence proved before the magistrate), and for which said offence the said A. B. is ordered to be committed to
(there, or on the public streets and highways,) to be kept to hard labour for the space of
(or until the next term of the Supreme or other Court). Given under my hand and seal, the day, and year, at the place first above written.
No. 9. Act 3 Vic.
No. 9.-3 Vic. ch. 34. An Act to amend 3 Vic, ch. 3.
(20th February, 1840.) This Act merely repeals parts of the 2nd and 3rd Sections, and the whole of the 17th Section of 3 Victoria, ch. 3. See notes to 2nd and 3rd Sections, as also remark at the 17th Section.
No. 10.49 Vic. ch. 12. An Act to amend 3 Vic. ch. 3.
Act 9 Vic. (3rd February, 1846.) HEREAS, evil-disposed persons are frequently found at night PREAMBLE.
loitering in and about dwelling and other houses, and in yards and other enclosures, without being able to give any lawful excuse for there being ; and it is expedient that some certain punish
No. 10. ment should be annexed to the commission of such offence; May it, Act 9 Vic. &c., That every person who shall be found in or upon any dwelling
house, warehouse, store, shop, office, church, chapel, or outhouse
attached to any dwelling-house, or in any enclosed yard, garden, Every person found in or
orchard, plantation, or field, between the setting and rising of the upon any
sun (such person not being the owner or occupier, or an inmate or dwelling-house, member of the family of the owner or occupier of the premises in &c., beween
question,) without being able to give a lawful excuse for being so sunset and sunrise, without
there, shall be deemed a rogue and vagabond within the true intent lawful cause, to and meaning of the Act to which this Act is an amendment, and be deemed a shall be liable to be punished as is in and by the said Act directed rogue and
and provided for. vagabond.
II. Repeals 7 Vic. ch. 19.
THE GENERAL COMMISSION OF THE PEACE.
niary Penalties in certain cases. (11th February, 1845.) THEREAS, by various laws now in force in the colony specific
No. 1. Act 8 Vic.
c. 4. PREAMBLE.
mission of particular offences without any power being vested in the tribunal before which a conviction shall take place, to mitigate
or reduce the amount of such penalties according to the circumTribunals all- stances of the case ; and whereas, it is expedient that such a power thorized to im- should be given by law; May it, &c., That whenever by any law now pose fines may in their discre
in force in the colony, a specific pecuniary penalty is annexed to tion mitigate
the commission of an offence, it shall be lawful for the tribunal the amount in before which any conviction for such offence shall take place to each case.
impose the full pecuniary penalty fixed by such law, or to mitigate the amount thereof to such lesser sum as such tribunal may, in its discretion under the particular circumstances of each case deem to be a proper amount of punishment for the offence committed, and the payment of every such mitigated penalty shall be enforced in the same and the like manner as the specific penalty for the same offence may be enforced.
No. 2. Act 10 Vic.
No. 2.-10 Vic, ch. 11. An Act for the better regulating Appeals
in cases of Summary Conviction. (26th February, 1847.) This Act is in substance the same as No. 4 of this Olass : it is therefore not necessary to insert it at length.
No. 3. Act 11 Vic.
No. 3.-11 Vic. ch. 25. An Act for the more speedy Trial and
Punishment of Juvenile Offenders. (19th April, 1848.) HEREAS, in order in certain cases to insure the more speedy
imprisonment previously to trial, it is expedient to allow such
offenders being proceeded against in a more summary manner than No. 3. is now by law provided, and to give further power to bail them; Act 11 Vic. May it, &c., that every person who shall subsequently to the passing of this Act, be charged with having committed, or having attempted
Corporal punto commit, or with having been an aider, abettor, counsellor or
ishment may procurer in the commission of any offence which now is, or hereafter be inflicted on shall or may be by law deemed or declared to be simple larceny, or male persons punishable as simple larceny, and whose age at the period of the under fourteen commission, or attempted commission of such offence, shall not, in years of age
convicted sumthe opinion of the Justices before whom he or she shall be brought marily of laror appear as hereinafter mentioned, exceed the age of fourteen years, ceny. shall upon conviction thereof, upon his own confession or upon proof before any two or more Justices of the Peace, be committed to the common gaol or house of correction within the jurisdiction of such Justices, there to be imprisoned, with or without hard labour, for any term not exceeding three calendar months, or in the discretion of such Justices shall forfeit and pay such sum not exceeding three pounds, as the said Justices shall adjudge, or, if a male, shall be once privately whipped, either instead of, or in addition to such imprisonment, or imprisonment with hard labour, and the said Justices shall from time to time appoint some fit and proper person, being a constable, to inflict the said punishment of whipping when so ordered to be inflicted out of prison : Provided always, That if such Justices upon the hearing of any such case shall deem the offence not to be proved, or that it is not expedient to inflict any punishment, they shall dismiss the party charged, on finding surety or sureties for his future good behaviour, or without such sureties, and then make out and deliver to the party charged, a certificate, under the hands of such Justices, stating the fact of such dismissal, and such certificate shall and may be in the form or to the effect set forth in the Schedule hereto annexed in that behalf : Provided also, that if such Justices shall be of opinion before the person charged shall have made his or her defence, that the charge is from any circumstance a fit subject for prosecution by indictment, or if the person charged shall, upon being called upon to answer the charge, object to the case being summarily disposed of under the provisions of this Act, such Justices shall, instead of summarily adjudicating thereupon, deal with the case in all respects as if this Act had not been passed.
II. That any two or more Justices of the Peace, before whom Jurisdiction of any such persons, as aforesaid, charged with any offence made punish- two or more able under this Act, shall be brought or appear, are hereby autho
Justices. rized to bear and determine the case under the provisions of this Act.
III. That every person who shall have obtained such certificate After convicof dismissal as aforesaid, and every person who shall have been tion or acquitconvicted under the authority of this Act, shall be released from
final. all further or other proceedings for the same cause.
IV. And for the more effectual prosecution of offences punish- Mode of proable upon summary conviction by virtue of this Act, Be it enacted, ceeding. That where any person whose age is alleged not to exceed fourteen years, shall be charged with any such offence, on the oath of a credible witness, before any Justice of the Peace, such Justice may issue his summons or warrant to summon or to apprehend the so charged to appear before any two Justices of the Peace, at a time and place to be named in such summons or warrant.
No. 3. V. That
Justice or Justices of the Peace, if he or they shall Act 11 Vic. think fit, may remand for further examination, or for trial, or suffer
to go at large upon his or her finding sufficient surety or sureties, Persons ac
any person, as aforesaid, charged before him or them with any cused may be
such offence, as aforesaid, and every such surety shall be bound remanded for by recognizance, to be conditioned for the appearance of such perfurther exami- son before the same or some other Justice or Justices of the Peace, nation or trial. for further examination, or for trial before two or more Justices of
the Peace, or for trial at some Superior Court, as the case may be ; and every such recognizance may be enlarged, from time to time, by any such Justice or Justices to such further time as he or they shall appoint, and every such recognizance which shall not be enlarged shall be discharged without fee or reward, when the party
shall have appeared according to the condition thereof. Appropriation VI. That every fine imposed by any Justices under the authority of fines.
of this Act, shall be paid to one of the convicting Justices, and shall be by him paid over into the Public Treasury of the Turks and Caicos Islands, in aid of the support of Her Majesty's govern
ment therein, and the contingent expenses thereof. Attendance of VII. That it shall be lawful for any Justice of the Peace, by witnesses.
summons, to require the attendance of any person as a witness upon the hearing of any case before two Justices, under the authority of this Act, at a time and place to be named in such summons ; and such Justice may require, and bind by recognizance, all persons whom he may consider necessary to be examined touching the matter of such charge, to attend at the time and place to be appointed by him, and then and there to give evidence upon the hearing of such charge; and in case any person so summoned, or required, or bound, as aforesaid, shall neglect or refuse to attend in pursuance of such summons or recognizance, then, upon proof being first given of such person having been duly summoned, as hereinafter mentioned, or bound by recognizance, as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the Justices before whom any such person ought to have attended, to issue their warrant to compel his appearance
as a witness. Mode of service VIII. That every summons issued under the authority of this of Summons,
Act may be served by delivering a copy of the summons to the party, or by delivering a copy of the summons to some inmate at such party's usual place of abode, and every person so required by any writing under the hand or hands of any Justice or Justices to attend and give evidence, as aforesaid, shall be deemed to have
been duly summoned. Form of con- IX. That the Justices before whom any person shall be summaviction.
rily convicted of any such offence as herein before mentioned, may cause the conviction to be drawn up in the form of words set forth in the schedule to this Act annexed, or in any other form of words to the same effect, which conviction shall be good and effectual to
all intents and purposes. Conviction not X. That no such conviction shall be quashed for want of form ; to be quashed and no warrant of commitment shall be held void by reason of any for want of
defect therein ; provided it be therein alleged that the party has form.
been convicted, and there be a good and valid conviction to sustain
the same. Convictions to XI. That the Justices of the Peace before whom any person be transmitted
shall be convicted under the provisions of this Act shall forth with
thereafter transmit the conviction to the Clerk of the Crown, to be No. 3.
to Clerk of by the said Clerk of the Crown, or proved to be a true copy, shall
XII. That no conviction under the authority of this Act shall Restitution of
XIII. That, whenever any Justices of the Peace shall adjudge Pecuniary any offender to forfeit and pay a pecuniary penalty under the penalties imauthority of this Act, and such penalty shall not be forthwith paid, posed and not it shall be lawful for such Justices, if they shall deem it expedient, period of im
paid, a limited to appoint some future day for the payment of such penalty, and to prisonment order the offender to be detained in safe custody until the day so to may be subbe appointed, unless such offender shall give security to the satis- stituted. faction of such Justices for his or her appearance on such day, and such Justices are hereby empowered to take such security by way of recognizance, or otherwise, at their discretion; and if at the time so appointed such penalty shall not be paid, it shall be lawful for the same or any other Justices of the Peace, by warrant under their hands and seals, to commit the offender to the common gaol, or house of correction, within their jurisdiction, there to remain for any time not exceeding three calendar months, reckoned from the day of such adjudication, such imprisonment to cease on payment of the said penalty.
XIV. And for the protection of persons acting in the execution Protection of of this Act, be it enacted, that all actions and prosecutions to be persons acting commenced against any person for anything done in pursuance of under this Act. this Act, shall be commenced within six calendar months after the fact committed, and not otherwise ; and notice, in writing, of such action or prosecution and of the cause thereof, shall be given to the defendant one calendar month at least before the commencement of the action or prosecution, and in any such action the defendant may plead the general issue, and give this Act, and the special matter in evidence at any trial to be had thereupon, and no plaintiff shall recover in any way such action, if tender of sufficient amends shall have been made before such action brought, or if a sufficient sum of money shall have been paid into Court after such action brought by or on behalf of the defendant; and if a verdict shall pass for the defendant, or the plaintiff shall become nonsuit, or