UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF PROPERTY ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Selection of authorised persons

   4   Remuneration of authorised persons

   5   Arrest and trial of suspected persons

   6   Power of constable or authorised person on reasonable cause for belief

   7   Powers of authorised person extend only to agricultural produce

   8   Search warrant

   9   Power to board vessel, etc

   10   Trial of person brought before Resident Magistrate under sections 8 and 9

   11   Tracing possession

   12   Power of constables and authorised persons to summon assistance

   13   Penalty for assaulting, etc, constables, authorised persons and their assistants

   14   Power to vary Schedule

      SCHEDULE

 

THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF PROPERTY ACT

[Date of Commencement: 8th May, 1952]

Cap 401.

Act 17 of 1982.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Unlawful Possession of Property Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "article of agricultural produce" means any article of agricultural produce for the time being specified in the Schedule;

   "authorised person" means any person authorised and appointed to arrest suspected persons;

   "suspected person" means any person who-

   (a)   has had in his possession or under his control in any place any thing being an article of agricultural produce; or

   (b)   has in his possession or under his control in any place any thing including an article of agricultural produce, under such circumstances as shall reasonably cause any constable or authorised person to suspect that that thing has been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

3   Selection of authorised persons

   (1) The Board or Committee of Management of the Jamaica Agricultural Society or of any agricultural society affiliated to the Jamaica Agricultural Society may nominate any person to the Commissioner of Police to be an authorised person.

   (2) It shall be lawful for the Commissioner of Police on the nomination of any person as provided in subsection (1), to appoint the person so nominated to be a person authorised to arrest and deal with suspected persons in accordance with the provisions of section 5.

   (3) The Commissioner of Police may at any time revoke any appointment made under subsection (2).

   (4) Every appointment or revocation of an appointment under this section shall be published in the Gazette.

   (5) Production of the Gazette containing a notice of an appointment under this section shall be prima facie evidence in all Courts and for all purposes of such appointment.

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