1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Obligation to register clubs

   4   Register of clubs

   5   Mode of application for registration

   6   Notice to Superintendent of Police of application for registration

   7   Magistrate to consider application

   8   When Magistrate may refuse order to register

   9   Notice to Commissioner of Inland Revenue of registration

   10   Penalty for supplying or keeping liquor in unregistered club

   11   Striking off club register

   12   Power to enter upon club premises

   13   Penalty for obstructing Constabulary

   14   Search warrant

   15   Penalty for false return of secretary

   16   Procedure

   17   General penalty

   18   Regulations

   19   Saving as to proprietary clubs established by employers for employees

   20   Savings as to Canteens and Messes



[Date of Commencement:19th February, 1936]

Cap 339.

12 of 1985
19 of 1991.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Registration of Clubs Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "club" means any community or society consisting of not less than twenty-five members who assemble or meet together in pursuit of a common object;

   "intoxicating liquor" means spirits, wine, beer, porter, cider, perry and any fermented, distilled or spirituous liquor which cannot, according to any law for the time being in force relating to the sale of intoxicating liquor, be legally sold unless duly authorised by a licence granted thereunder;

   "members' club" means a club, all the property, funds and assets of which belong jointly to the members thereof, whether such are vested in trustees for the members or otherwise;

   "proprietary club" means any club other than a members' club,

   "secretary", in relation to a club, includes any officer of the club or other person performing the duties of a secretary and, in the case of a proprietary club where there is no secretary the proprietor of the club,

   "unregistered club" means a club which is required to be registered under this Act, but is not so registered, or which has been struck off the register of clubs.

3   Obligation to register clubs

   (1) The secretary of every club which occupies a house or part of a house which is habitually used for the purposes of a club, and in which any intoxicating liquor is supplied to members or their guests, or any other premises which are habitually so used, and in which any intoxicating liquor is so supplied, shall cause the club to be registered in manner provided in this Act.

   (2) The registration of a club under this Act shall not constitute the club premises, licensed premises, or authorise any sale of intoxicating liquor therein which would otherwise be illegal.

4   Register of clubs

   (1) The Clerk of the Courts for every parish shall keep separate registers of all registered members' clubs and proprietary clubs within the parish, but shall not enter a club thereon without an order from the Resident Magistrate in whose parish such club is situated.

   (2) The register shall be in a form prescribed by the Minister and shall contain-

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