LAW REFORM (AGE OF MAJORITY) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Reduction of age of majority

   4   Time when particular age attained

   5   Persons not of full age may be described as minors

   6   Reference to age of twenty-one to be replaced by reference to age of eighteen

   7   Maintenance of wards of Court

   8   Power of sixteen year old to consent to surgical, medical or dental treatment

   9   Directions for accumulation not to be affected

   10   How references in orders or directions to age to have effect

   11   Transitional

   12   Saving of statutory provisions incorporated in instruments

   13   Power to amend other Acts

 

THE LAW REFORM (AGE OF MAJORITY) ACT

[Date of Commencement: 30th April, 1979]

Act 1 of 1979.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Law Reform (Age of Majority) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "appointed day" means the 30th of April, 1979;

   "enactment" includes regulations.

3   Reduction of age of majority

   (1) As from the appointed day a person shall attain the age of majority and be of full age and capacity on attaining the age of eighteen years instead of on attaining the age of twenty-one years, and any person who, on the appointed day, is over the age of eighteen years but under the age of twenty-one years, shall be deemed to have attained the age of majority and be of full age and capacity on that day.

   (2) In the absence of a definition or of any indication of a contrary intention, the provisions of subsection (1) shall apply for the purposes of construction of the expressions "adult" ,"full age", "infant", "infancy", "majority", "minor", "minority", "sui juris", and similar expressions in-

   (a)    any enactment, whether passed or made before, on or after the appointed day; and

   (b)   any deed, will or other instrument made on or after the appointed day, so, however, that notwithstanding any rule of law, any will or codicil executed before the appointed day shall not be treated for the purposes of this section, as having been made on or after such appointed day by reason only of the fact that the will or codicil was confirmed, affected or amended by a codicil executed on or after that day.

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   (3) The provisions of this section shall not affect any deficiency of juristic competence or capacity which is attributable to insanity or any other factor distinct from age.

4   Time when particular age attained

   (1) The time at which a person attains a particular age expressed in years shall be the commencement of the relevant anniversary of the date of his birth.

   (2) This section has effect-

   (a)   where the relevant anniversary aforesaid falls on or after the appointed day; or

   (b)   in relation to any enactment, instrument, deed or will, subject to any provision contained in such enactment, instrument, deed or will, as the case may be.

5   Persons not of full age may be described as minors

   A person who is not of full age may be described as a minor, and accordingly, in this Act a "minor'' means such a person.

6   Reference to age of twenty-one to be replaced by reference to age of eighteen

   (1) For every reference to the age of twenty-one appearing in any enactment specified in the First Schedule (omitted) there shall be substituted a reference to the age of eighteen years and the enactment shall be amended accordingly.

   (2) The Minister may from time to time by order amend, vary, or add to the First Schedule (omitted).

   (3) Any order made under this section shall be subject to affirmative resolution.

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