ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
2 Persons to the number of twelve riotously assembling
3 Order and form of such proclamation
4 Persons riotously assembling and refusing to disperse within one hour after proclamation
5 Obstructing by force the reading of proclamation declared felony
6 This Part to be read at every Circuit Court
7 Limitation on period for prosecution
Riot Damage Compensation
8 Compensation for riot damage
9 Persons to whom compensation may be paid
10 Riot Compensation Authority
11 Powers and liability of Authorities
13 Procedure in regard to claims
14 Power of claimant to sue Authority
15 Compensation to be paid out of the Consolidated Fund
17 Saving in cases of rebellion
THE RIOT ACT
[Date of Commencement: 1857]
Act 42 of 1969.
This Act may be cited as the Riot Act.
If any persons, to the number of twelve or more, being unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously assembled together to the disturbance of the public peace at any time after the passing of this Act, and being required or commanded by any one or more Justice or Justices of the parish or place where such assembly shall be, by proclamation to be made in the Queen's name, in the form hereinafter directed, to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, shark to the number of twelve or more, notwithstanding such proclamation made, unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously remain or continue together by the space of one hour after such command or request made by proclamation, then such continuing together to the number of twelve or more after such command or request made by proclamation shall be adjudged felony, and the offenders therein shall, upon conviction, be liable at the discretion of the Court to be imprisoned for life with or without hard labour.
[42/1969 3rd Sch.]
The order and form of the proclamation that shall be made by the authority of this Act shall be as hereafter follows, that is to say, the Justice, shall, among the said rioters, or as near to them as he can safely come, with a loud voice, command or cause to be commanded silence to be while proclamation is making, and after that shall openly, and with a loud voice, make, or cause to be made, proclamation in these words or like in effect: "Our Sovereign Lady the Queen chargeth and commandeth all persons being assembled immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the Riot Act-God Save the Queen." And every such Justice within the limits of his jurisdiction, is hereby authorised, empowered, and required, on notice or knowledge of any such unlawful, riotous, and tumultuous assembly, to resort to the place where such unlawful, riotous and tumultuous assembly shall be of persons to the number of twelve or more, and there to make or cause to be made proclamation in manner aforesaid.
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