ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
3 Reference of questions about appointment to Senate or vacancy in either House
4 Form, contents and lodgment of petitions
5 Parties to a petition
6 Security for costs
7 Service of petition and notice
8 Objections to security
9 Petition at issue
10 Consolidation or trial together of several petitions
11 Trial of petition
13 Withdrawal and abatement of petition
15 Powers of the Court
16 Service of notices and other documents
17 Conclusion of trial of petition
19 Application of rules of Court
20 Questions to which this Act relates arising in other proceedings
PARLIAMENT (MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS) ACT
[Date of Commencement: 27th June, 1966]
Act 8 of 1963.
This Act may be cited as the Parliament (Membership Questions) Act.
In this Act-
"Clerk" means the Clerk of a House;
"costs" includes fees, charges and expenses;
"Court" means the Supreme Court;
"House" means the Senate or the House of Representatives as the context may require;
"member" means a member of a House;
"member concerned" means the member in relation to whom a petition is presented;
"petition" means a petition authorised by this Act;
"prescribed" means prescribed by rules of Court.
(1) Any question whether-
(a) a person has been validly appointed as a member of the Senate; or
(b) a member of either House-
(i) has vacated his seat therein; or
(ii) is required under subsection (3) or (4) of section 41 of the Constitution of Jamaica to cease to exercise any of his functions as such member, shall be referred to and determined by the Court in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
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