1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Definition of "forgery" and "false document"

   4   Forgery of certain documents with intent to defraud

   5   Forgery of certain documents with intent to defraud or deceive

   6   Passports: forgery, untrue statements

   7   Forgery of other documents with intent to defraud or deceive

   8   Forgery of seals and dies

   9   Uttering

   10   Demanding property on forged documents, etc

   11   Possession of forged documents, seals and dies

   12   Making or having in possession paper or implements for forgery

   13   Purchasing or having in possession certain paper before it has been duly stamped and issued

   14   Imitation of currency notes

   15   Mutilating or defacing currency notes

   16   Punishments

   17   Criminal possession

   18   Search warrants

      Documents, etc to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of

   19   Form of indictment and proof of intent

   20   Savings



[Date of Commencement: 15th June, 1942]

Cap 135.

32 of 1960,
15 of 1962.

Act 12 of 1985.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Forgery Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "bank note" includes any note or bill of exchange of the Bank of England, or of any other person, body corporate, or company carrying on the business of banking in any part of the world, and includes "bank bill", "bank post bill", "blank bank note", "blank bank bill of exchange", and "blank bank post bill";

   "currency note" includes any note issued as currency by or under the authority of the Currency Notes Law* or of the Bank of Jamaica Act , or of the Government of any Commonwealth country, or of any foreign state, or of any part or colony or dependency of any foreign state, and is legal tender in the country in which it was issued;

[32/1960 s 53.]

   "die" includes any plate, type, tool, or implement whatsoever, and also any part of any die, plate, type, tool, or implement, and any stamp or impression thereof or any part of such stamp or impression;

   "document of title to goods" includes any bill of lading, India warrant, dock warrant, warehouse keeper's certificate, warrant, or order, for the delivery or transfer of any goods or valuable thing, bought or sold note, or any other document used in the ordinary course of business as proof of the possession or control of goods, or authorising or purporting to authorise, either by endorsement or by delivery, the possessor of such document to transfer or receive any goods thereby represented or therein mentioned or referred to;

   "document of title to lands" includes any Crown grant, certificate of title, deed, map, roll, register, or instrument in writing being or containing evidence of the title or any part of the title to any land or to any interest in or arising out of any land, or any authenticated copy thereof;

   "revenue paper" means any paper provided by the proper authority for the purpose of being used for stamps, licences, permits, post office money orders, or postal orders, or for any purpose whatever connected with the public revenue;

   "seal" includes any stamp or impression of a seal, or any stamp or impression made or apparently intended to resemble the stamp or impression of a seal, as well as the seal itself;

   "stamp" includes a stamp impressed by means of a die as well as an adhesive stamp;

   "treasury bill" includes Exchequer bill, Exchequer bond, Exchequer debenture, Treasury bond, and War bond;

   "valuable security" includes any writing entitling or evidencing the title of any person to any share or interest in any public stock, annuity, fund, or debt of any Commonwealth country or of any foreign state, or in any stock, annuity, fund, or debt of any body corporate, company, or society, whether within or without any Commonwealth country, or to any deposit in any bank, and also includes any script, debenture, bill, note, warrant, order, or other security for the payment of money or any authority or request for the payment of money or for the delivery or transfer of goods or chattels, or any accountable receipt, release, or discharge, or any receipt or other instrument evidencing the payment of money, or the delivery of any chattel personal.

3   Definition of "forgery" and "false documents"

   (1) For the purposes of this Act, "forgery" is the making of a false document in order that it may be used as genuine, and, in the case of the seals and dies mentioned in this Act, the counterfeiting of a seal or die; and forgery with intent to defraud or deceive, as the case may be, is punishable as in this Act provided.

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