JAMAICA INDEPENDENCE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Provision for fully responsible status of Jamaica

   2   Consequential modifications of British Nationality Acts

   3   Consequential modification of other enactments

   4   Interpretation

   5   Short title

      SCHEDULES

 

THE JAMAICA INDEPENDENCE ACT

[Date of Commencement: 19th July, 1962]

1   Provision for fully responsible status of Jamaica

   (1) As from the sixth day of August, nineteen hundred and sixty-two (in this Act referred to as "the appointed day"), Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom shall have no responsibility for the government of Jamaica.

   (2) No Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed on or after the appointed day shall extend, or be deemed to extend, to Jamaica as part of the law thereof; and as from that day the provisions of the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the legislative powers of Jamaica.

2   Consequential modifications of British Nationality Acts

   (1) As from the appointed day, the British Nationality Acts, 1948 and 1958, shall have effect as if in subsection (3) of section one of the said Act of 1948 (which provides for persons to be British subjects or Commonwealth citizens by virtue of citizenship of certain countries) for the words "and Tanganyika", there were substituted the words "Tanganyika and Jamaica".

   (2) Subject to the following provisions of this section, any person who immediately before the appointed day is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies shall on that day cease to be such a citizen if-

   (a)   under the law of Jamaica he becomes on that day a citizen of Jamaica, and

   (b)   he, his father ar his father's father was born in Jamaica.

   (3) Subject to subsection (8) of this section, a person shall not cease to be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies under the last preceding subsection if he, his father or his father's father-

   (a)   was born in the United Kingdom or in a colony; or

   (b)   is or was a person naturalised in the United Kingdom and Colonies; or

   (c)   was registered as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies; or

   (d)   became a British subject by reason of the annexation of any territory included in a colony.

   (4) A person shall not cease to be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies under subsection (2) of this section if he was born in a protectorate or protected state, or if his father or his father's father was so born and is or at any time was a British subject.

   (5) A woman who is the wife of a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies shall not cease to be such a citizen under subsection (2) of this section unless her husband does so.

   (6) Subsection (2) of section six of the British Nationality Act, 1948 (which provides for the registration as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies of a woman who has been married to such a citizen) shall not apply to a woman by virtue of her marriage to a person who ceases to be such a citizen under subsection (2) of this section, or who would have done so if living on the appointed day.

   (7) Subject to the next following subsection, the reference in paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of this section to a person naturalised in the United Kingdom and Colonies shall include a person who would, if living immediately before the commencement of the British Nationality Act, 1948, have become a person naturalised in the United Kingdom and Colonies by virtue of subsection (6) of section thirty-two of that Act (which relates to persons given local naturalisation before that commencement in a colony or protectorate).

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