PUBLIC ORDER ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

 

PART I
Interpretation

   2   Interpretation

 

PART II
Marches and Processions

   3   Interpretation

   4   Marches in the night prohibited

   5   Leader of night march may be required to call upon march to disperse

   6   Marches in daylight

   7   Applications for permits

   8   Permits

   9   Leader of permitted march may be required to call upon march to disperse

   10   Leader failing to call upon march to disperse

   11   Taking part in prohibited march

   12   Organizing marches

   13   Suspension of sections 6 to 9

 

PART III
Meetings and Marches (Special Provisions)

   14   Power to prohibit meetings and marches

   15   Applications for permits

   16   Permits

   17   Appeal

   18   Power to disperse meetings and marches

   19   Taking part in prohibited meeting or march

   20   Exemptions

 

PART IV
Public Offices

   21   Interpretation

   22   Power to disperse public marches and meetings

   23   Power of constable to call upon march or meeting to disperse

   24   When march or meeting called upon to disperse participants to do so

   25   Inciting

   26   Power to add to Second Schedule

 

PART V
General Provisions

   27   Disorderly behaviour at public meeting

   28   Prohibition of conduct conducive to breaches of the peace

   29   Prohibition of offensive weapon

   30   Power of search

   31   Power of arrest

   32   Trial of offences

   33   Form of information, etc, where offence committed at political meeting

      SCHEDULES

 

THE PUBLIC ORDER ACT

[Date of Commencement: 16th December, 1957]

Laws
44 of 1957,
27 of 1960.

Act 42 of 1969.

LNs
125/65,
142/65.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Public Order Act.

PART I
Interpretation

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "local authority" means the Kingston and Saint Andrew Corporation, any Parish Council, the Water Commission, or any other statutory body declared by the Minister by order to be a local authority for the purposes of this Act;

   "meeting" means any assembly or gathering of persons held for the purpose of the transaction of matters of public interest or for the discussion of such matters or for the purpose of the expression of views upon such matters;

   "offensive weapon" includes-

   (a)   any firearm as defined in the Firearms Act; and

   (b)   any stick, rod, bar or similar implement or any stone, brick or other missile, whether similar to the foregoing or not, or any catapult or similar implement unless it is proved to the satisfaction of the Court that it was not used or intended to be used as such by the person charged;

   "political meeting" means a meeting held-

   (a)   in a constituency between nomination day and election day, both days inclusive, at an election for a member of the House of Representatives for that constituency; or

   (b)   in an electoral division between nomination day and election day, both days inclusive, at and election for a member of a Parish Council or for a Councillor of the Kingston and Saint Andrew Corporation for that electoral division, for the purpose of furthering or criticizing the aims, objects, action or programme of any political party or for the purpose of supporting or opposing the candidature for any individual as against any other or others at such election, and if any speaker at any meeting held as aforesaid refers to or discusses the aims, objects, action or programme of any political party or the candidature of any ;individual at such election such meeting shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to be a political meeting,

   "public march" means any march or procession in public place comprising (whether wholly or partly) pedestrians, vehicles (however propelled or drawn), or bicycles (however propelled), except a march or procession-

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