1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Firms and individuals carrying on business under business name to be registered

   4   Nominee or Trustee firms, etc

   5   Duties of the firms or persons who are required by this Act to be registered

   6   The signatories of the "Statement"

   7   Registration

   8   Duties of firms or persons where any change owes in particulars

   9   Punishment of firm or person making default as to particulars

   10   Disability of defaulter to sue on his contracts

   11   Punishment for false statements

   12   Powers of Registrar

   13   Duties of Registrar

   14   Index of firms and persons

   15   Duty of firm or person which ceases to carry on business

      Disposal of files and storage of records

   15B   Disclosure of information

   16   Registrar may refuse to register, etc, in certain cases

      Restriction of new section 16A in principal Act

   17   The Registrar and Office of Registration

   18   Inspection of documents filed by Registrar

   19   Master may make rules concerning certain matters

   20   Trade catalogues and circulars, show cards and business letters

   21   Offending Corporation

   22   Certificates, etc, exempt from stamp duty

   23   Remuneration for duties performed

   24   Minister may amend monetary penalties




[Date of Commencement: 1st October, 1934]

Cap 338.

42 of 1969,
10 of 1975
34 of 1979
31 of 1995,
13 of 2006.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Registration of Business Names Act.

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act-

   "business" includes profession;

   "business name" means the name or style under which any business is carried on, whether in partnership or otherwise;

   "business by way of trade" means any business of selling by wholesale or retail goods or merchandise of any class or description whatsoever at any place, whether such business is carried on at any place exclusive of any other business or in conjunction with, or in addition to, any other business or any profession or vocation:

   Provided that it shall not include-

   (a)   the business of buying and selling livestock;

   (b)   any of the businesses or occupations mentioned in paragraphs (b) and (e) of subsection (1) of section 3 of the Licences on Trades and Business Act; and

   (c)   any retail business the gross value of the premises in which the business is carried on does not amount to twenty dollars,

if in any such case the business is not carried on in conjunction with any other business by way of trade;

   "trader" means every individual or firm carrying on "business by way of trade" in Jamaica;

   "Christian name" includes any forename;

   "firm" means an unincorporate body of two or more individuals, or one or more individuals and one or more corporations, or two or more corporations, who have entered into partnership with one another with a view to carrying on business for profit or a body corporate that carries on business under a name other than its corporate name, but shall not include any unincorporated company which was in existence on the seventeenth day of June eighteen hundred and sixty-four;

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