1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   What not to be done in thoroughfares or highways

   4   Constable may apprehend parties offending on view, etc

   5   Exposing goods for sale in thoroughfares, etc

      Laying timber, etc, in thoroughfares

      Beating mats in thoroughfares

      Emptying privies at improper hours, etc


      Exposing goods for sale on piazzas without owner's consent, etc

      Negligent use of fire

      Disturbing public worship


   6   Riotous behaviour in public place while drunk

   7   Drunk and disorderly persons may be apprehended

   8   Persons found drunk in streets

   9   Offences which upon second conviction may be visited with increase of punishment

   10   Conviction to be kept among records of court

   11   Noisy and disorderly conduct in public places

   12   [Repealed by Act 7 of 1997 s 8.]

   13   Discharging cannon in town

   14   Street musicians, etc

   15   Mad dogs

   16   Restrictions on the opening of places of business on certain days

   17   Special power of opening wharves

   18   Goods not to be exposed for sale on Sunday, etc

   19   Power to Justice to order disorderly house to be entered

   20   Idle and disorderly persons assembled in public places

   21   Power to two Justices to hear and determine charge

   22   Power to two Justices to hear and determine charge

   23   Constables may apprehend on view

   24   Parties apprehended must be taken before Justice, etc

   25   Horse or carriage in charge of person apprehended to be taken care of

   26   Person causing hurt or damage while committing offence

   27   Offence where no special penalty provided

   28   Summons to party charged

   29   Default in payment of penalty, etc

   30   Costs

   31   Within what time prosecutions to commence

   32   When Justices may abstain from adjudicating



[Date of Commencement: 1843]

Cap 384.

Law 3 of 1961.

35 of 1963,
54 of 1964,
13 of 1985,
31 of 1995,
7 of 1997.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Towns and Communities Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "carriage" shall be deemed and taken to mean any waggon, wain, sledge, truck, cart, dray, carriage, chaise, or any other description of wheel carriage drawn by horses, cattle, or any kind of animals, or without animals;

   "town" shall comprehend all cities and villages;

   "public place" in section it shall mean and include and apply to every road, street, footpath, footway, court; square, lane, alley, or thoroughfare of a public nature opened to or used by the public as of right, and to every place of public resort so opened or used.

   The words "public place" also include any-

   public building, park, garden, reserve, or other place of public recreation or resort;

   railway station, platform, or carriage; public wharf, pier or jetty;

   passenger ship, or boat plying for hire;

   church, chapel, or other building where divine service is beige publicly held;

   public hall, theatre or room in which any entertainment is being held or performed;


   open bar in any premises licensed under the Statutes regulating the sale of spirits;

   auction room, or place, while a sale by auction is then proceeding;

   race course, cricket ground, or other such place, to which the public have access free, or on payment of any entrance money.

3   What not to be done in thoroughfares or highways

   Every person who-

   (a)   shall, in any thoroughfare in any town, or on any highway, feed or fodder any horse or other animal, or show any caravan containing any animal, or any other show or public entertainment, or shoe, bleed, or ferry any horse or animal (except in cases of accident), or exercise, train, or break any horse or animal, or clean, make, or repair any part of any cart or carriage, except in cases of accident where repair on the spot is necessary;

   (b)   shall, in any thoroughfare in any town, turn loose any horse or cattle, or super to be at large any unmuzzled ferocious dog, or shall, in any place, wilfully set on or urge any dog or other animal to attack, worry, or put in fear any person, horse, or other animal;

   (c)   shall, by negligence or ill-usage in driving cattle or any other animal, cause any mischief to be done by such cattle or other animal to any person or property; or who shall, in the driving, care, or management of such cattle or other animal, wantonly or unnecessarily impede or obstruct the free passage of any person along any thoroughfare or highway; and also every person, not being hired or employed to drive such cattle or other animal, who shall wantonly and unlawfully pelt, drive, or hunt, or injure or hurt any such cattle or other animal;

   (d)   having the care of any cart or carriage, shall ride on any part thereof, or on the shaft thereof, or on any horse or other animal drawing the same, without having and holding the reins, or who shall be at such a distance from such cart or carriage as not to have the complete control over every horse or other animal drawing the same;

   (e)   shall, in any thoroughfare in any town, ride or drive furiously, or on any thoroughfare or highway ride or drive so as to endanger the life or limb of any person, or to the common danger of the passengers therein;

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