TELEGRAMS (PRODUCTION OF) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Power to require the production of telegrams

THE TELEGRAMS (PRODUCTION OF) ACT

[Date of Commencement: 2nd May, 1940]

Cap 376.

Act 42 of 1969.

1   Short title

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   This Act may be cited as the Telegrams (Production of) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "telegram" means any message or other communication transmitted or intended for transmission by telegraphy or by wireless telegraphy;

[42/1969 3rd Sch.]

   "telegraphy" means a wire or wires used for the purpose of telegraphic communication and any apparatus connected therewith for the purpose of telegraphic communication, and includes any apparatus for transmitting messages or other communications by means of electric signals;

   "wireless telegraphy" includes wireless telephony and any system for the reception as well as the sending of messages or other communications by means of electric, galvanic, or magnetic signals without the aid of any wire connecting the points from and at which the messages or other communications are sent or received.

3   Power to require the production of telegrams

   (1) Where it appears to the Minister that such a course is expedient in the public interest, he may, by warrant under his hand, require any person who owns or controls any telegraphic cable or wire, or any apparatus for wireless telegraphy, used for the sending or receipt of telegrams to or from any place out of Jamaica, to produce to him, or to any person named in the warrant, the originals and transcripts, either of all telegrams, or of telegrams of any specified class or description or of telegrams sent from or addressed to any specified person or place, sent or received to or from any place out of Jamaica, by means of any such cable, wire, or apparatus, and all other papers relating to any such telegram as aforesaid.

   (2) Any person who, on being required to produce any such original or transcript or paper as aforesaid, refuses or neglects to do so shall for each offence be liable on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding three months or to both such imprisonment and fine.

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