PRIZE COURT RULES, 1939.(a)

Publication Date:January 01, 1939
 
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(S.R. & O. and S.I. Revised to December 31, 1948)

1939No. 1466 (L. 23)

PRIZE COURTS

1. Procedure Rules

Proceedings in Vice-Admiralty Courts see the title "Colonial Court of Admiralty and Vice-Admiralty Court."

General Rules as to appeals to H.M. in Council see the title "Judicial Committee."

THE PRIZE COURT RULES, 1939.(a)

PRESENT,

The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

27 & 28 Vict. c. 25.

Whereas by section three of the Prize Courts Act, 1894, His Majesty in Council is authorised to make rules of court for regulating, subject to the provisions of the Naval Prize Act, 1864, and the said Act, the procedure and practice of prize courts within the meaning of the Naval Prize Act and the duties and conduct of the officers thereof and of the practitioners therein, and for regulating the fees to be taken by the officers of the courts and the costs, charges and expenses to be allowed to the practitioners therein:

And whereas by section five of the Naval Prize Act, 1864, it is provided that every appeal from a prize court within the meaning of that Act shall be made in such manner and form and subject to such regulations (including regulations as to fees, costs, charges and expenses) as may for the time being be directed by Order in Council:

And whereas it is expedient that the Prize Court Rules, 1914, as amended by Orders in Council dated the 28th day of November, 1914, the 3rd day of February, 1915, the 29th day of April, 1915, and the 21st day of December 1917, should cease to have effect except in the Union of South Africa and Eire (b):

2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 65.

And whereas by section one of the Prize Act, 1939, it is provided that the law relating to prize shall apply in relation to aircraft and goods carried therein as it applies in relation to ships and goods carried therein, and shall also apply notwithstanding that the aircraft is on or over land:

(a) These Rules supersede Provisional Rules to like effect approved by Order in Council 2nd September, 1939.

(b) The Prize Court Rules, 1914 and amendments thereof, are, on account of their limited application, omitted from this volume. They are printed in S.R. & O. 1914 (No. 1407 and 1701) III, pp. 103–212, 1915 (Nos. 135 and 357) III, pp. 87–9 and 1917 (No. 1349) p. 929.

And whereas it is expedient that in the countries and territories herein-after mentioned the rules set out in the Schedule hereto should come into force:

And whereas the Dominion of Canada has requested and consented to the making of this Order so far as the same extends thereto:

56 & 57 Vict. c. 66.

And whereas the provisions of the Rules Publication Act, 1893, have been complied with:

Now, therefore, His Majesty by virtue of the powers in this behalf by the said Prize Courts Act, 1894, and the said Prize Act, 1939, or otherwise in Him vested, is pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:—

Forthwith upon the making of this Order:—

(1) The Prize Court Rules, 1914, as amended by the Orders in Council dated the 28th day of November, 1914, the 3rd day of February, 1915, the 29th day of April, 1915, and the 21st day of December, 1917,(a) shall, except in their application to the Union of South Africa and Eire, be revoked.

(2) The rules contained in the Schedule hereto shall come into force in the following countries and territories, that is to say,—

(a) the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man,

(b) the Commonwealth of Australia and the Dominion of New Zealand,

(c) British India and British Burma,

(d) Newfoundland and every colony,

(e) every British protectorate, and

(f) every territory in respect of which a mandate on behalf of the League of Nations has been accepted by His Majesty, and is being exercised by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, in the Commonwealth of Australia or in the Dominion of New Zealand,

and (to the extent of His Majesty's jurisdiction therein in matters of prize) in every other country or territory in which for the time being His Majesty has such jurisdiction.

Rupert B. Howorth.

(a) See footnote (b) p. 561 above.

THE SCHEDULE

THE PRIZE COURT RULES, 1939

TABLE OF CONTENTS

RULES AND ORDERS

 Page
Order I. Interpretation … . … . … . … . … . … . 567
 " II. Institution of Causes and Issue and Service of
 Writ … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 568
 " III. Appearance and Claim … . … . … . … . … . 570
 " IV. Affidavit as to Ship Papers and Aircraft
 Papers … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 571
 " V. Proceedings in case of failure to proceed by
 Captors … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 572
 " VI. Discontinuance … . … . … . … . … . … . 572
 " VII. Pleadings … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 572
 " VIII. Particulars … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 573
 " IX. Discovery, Inspection, and Admission of
 Documents and Facts … . … . … . … . … . 573
 " X. Arrest of Prize—Warrant … . … . … . … . 573
 " XI. Sale, Appraisement, Safe Custody and
 Inspection of Prize … . … . … . … . 574
 " XII. Bail … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 575
 " XIII. Releases … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 576
 " XIV. Caveats … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 577
 " XV. Evidence and Hearing … . … . … . … . … . 578
 " XVI. Assessors … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 580
 " XVII. References … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 580
 " XVIII. Costs and Security for Costs … . … . … . 581
 " XIX. Taxation of Costs … . … . … . … . … . 581
 " XX. Interlocutory Applications … . … . … . … . 581
 " XXI. Affidavits … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 582
 " XXII. Oaths … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 583
 " XXIII. Consents and Agreements … . … . … . … . 583
 " XXIV. Subpœnas … . … . … . … . … . … . 583
 " XXV. Copies. Printing. Office Copies … . … . … . 584
 " XXVI. Payments into and out of Court … . … . … . 584
 " XXVII. Enforcement and execution of Decrees and
 Orders … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 584
 " XXVIII. Detention … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 586
 " XXIX. Requisition … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 586
 " XXX. Prize Salvage … . … . … . … . … . … . 587
 " XXXI. Land Expeditions and Conjunct Capture with
 Ally … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 588
 " XXXII. Joint Capture, Flag Officers' Claims and other
 Conflicting Claims between Captors … . … . 588
 " XXXIII. Prize Bounty … . … . … . … . … . … . 590
 " XXXIV. Distribution and Naval Agency … . … . … . 590
 " XXXV. Instruments and other Documents, and the
 service thereof … . … . … . … . … . 591
 " XXXVI. Notices from the Registry … . … . … . … . 592
 " XXXVII. Filing … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 592
 " XXXVIII. Time: Enlargement and Abridgment … . … . 592
 " XXXIX. Marshal … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 592
 " XL. Hours and Holidays … . … . … . … . … . 593
 " XLI. Records of the Court … . … . … . … . … . 593
 " XLII. Certificates of Sale, Condemnation, and
 Restitution … . … . … . … . … . … . 593
 " XLIII. Forms, Fees and Costs … . … . … . … . … . 594
 " XLIV. Appeals … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 594
 " XLV. Cases not provided for … . … . … . … . 596
 " XLVI. Short Title … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 596

APPENDIX A, FORMS.

No. Page
 1 Heading and Titles of Causes … . … . … . … . … . 596
 (i) In Rem
 (ii) In Personam
 Writ of Summons
 2 In a cause for condemnation … . … . … . … . … . 597
 3 Where ship or aircraft destroyed or lost … . … . … . 598
 4 In a cause instituted against a captor … . … . … . 598
 5 In Prize Salvage … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 598
 6 In Joint Capture or Re-capture … . … . … . … . … . 599
 7 Notice in lieu of Service of a Writ … . … . … . … . 599
 8 Entry of Appearance … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 599
 9 Claims in Causes for Condemnation … . … . … . 600–602
 (i) By Master
 (ii) By Agent
 (iii) By Managing Owner
 (iv) By Master and Sole Owner.
 (v) By Authority of Neutral Government.
 (vi) For Droit of Admiralty on Seizure in Port.
 (vii) For Droit of Admiralty on Capture by
 Non-Commissioned Ship.
10 Affidavit of Service of Writ … . … . … . … . … . … . 602
11 Affidavits as to Ship Papers or Aircraft Papers … . 602–604
 (i) Ordinary Affidavit.
 (ii) Where Ship Papers or Aircraft Papers injured,
 lost, &c.
 (iii) Where no Ship Papers or Aircraft Papers found.
 (iv) By Person having control of Ship Papers or
 Aircraft Papers within the jurisdiction.
12 Notice of Discontinuance … . … . … . … . … . … . 604
13 Pleadings … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 604–609
 (i) In Proceedings for Condemnation.
 (ii) In Prize Salvage.
 (iii) In Joint Capture or Re-capture.
 (iv) In Objection to Registrar's Report.
14 Order for Particulars … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 609
15 Particulars … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 610
16 Affidavit of Discovery … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 610
17 Notice to Produce for Inspection … . … . … . … . … . 611
18 Notice to Produce at Hearing … . … . … . … . … . … . 611
19 Notice to Admit … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 611
 (i) Documents.
 (ii) Facts.
20 Admission of Facts … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 613
21 Warrant of Arrest … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 613
22 Affidavit to lead Warrant of Arrest … . … . … . … . 613
23 Commission of Appraisement and Sale … . … . … . … . 614
24 Certificate of Appraisement … . … . … . … . … . … . 614
25 Bills of Sale by Marshal … . … . … . … . … . 615–618
 (i) Of Foreign Ship.
 (ii) Of British Ship.
26 Contract for Sale … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 618
27 Marshal's Accounts … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 619
28 Bail Bond … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 620
29 Affidavit of Justification … . … . … . … . … . … . 621
30 Notice of Bail … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 621
31 Notice of Objection to Surety … . … . … . … . … . 621
32 Release … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 622
 (i) On Restitution.
 (ii) From Arrest.
33 Certificate of Release … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 622
34 Notice for Caveat Release … . … . … . … . … . … . 622
35 Caveat Release … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 623
36 Notice for Caveat Payment … . … . … . … . … . … . 623
37 Caveat Payment … . … . … . … . … . … . … . … . 623
38 Notice for Caveat Warrant … . … . … . … . … . … . 623
39 Caveat Warrant …
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