Dail Eireann Courts (Winding Up) Act, 1923, Amendment Act, 1924

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Number 32 of 1924.


DAIL EIREANN COURTS (WINDING UP) ACT, 1923, AMENDMENT ACT, 1924.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Definitions.

2.

Commissioners, Irish Land Commission may be appointed to be Judicial Commissioners for the purposes of this Act.

3.

Adaptation and extension of times prescribed by Principal Act.

4.

Additional powers of Commissioners in hearing of appeals as regards registration.

5.

Limitation of appeals in respect of Dáil Land Court decrees.

6.

Dáil Land Court decrees may be deemed to be arbitration awards.

7.

Pleading and enforcement of registered decrees.

8.

Preservation of powers of Irish Land Commission.

9.

Short title.

Act Referred to

Dáil eireann courts (winding up) act, 1923

No. 36 of 1923

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Number 32 of 1924.


DAIL EIREANN COURTS (WINDING UP) ACT, 1923, AMENDMENT ACT, 1924.


AN ACT TO AMEND THE D?IL EIREANN COURTS (WINDING UP) ACT, 1923 (NUMBER 36 OF 1923), AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISPOSAL OF THE BUSINESS OF THE LAND SETTLEMENT COURTS, AND OTHER SIMILAR COURTS. [28th July, 1924.]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS OF SAORST?T EIREANN AS FOLLOWS:—

Definitions.

1.—(1) The definition of the expression “Dáil Court” contained in sub-section (1) of section 1 of the Dáil Eireann Courts (Winding Up) Act, 1923 , in this Act called “the principal Act,” shall be extended so as to include any court which was constituted under, or which was confirmed in its functions, or which purported to act under the authority of Dáil Eireann and was presided over by any person who at any subsequent time presided over a court constituted or confirmed in its functions as aforesaid, by virtue of a decree entitled “Proposals constituting a National Land Commission for the purpose of carrying the Land Settlement schemes of An Dáil into effect” made on the 17th day of September, 1920, by the Dáil Eireann constituted as in said sub-section mentioned, and the provisions of the principal Act shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, apply to decrees of any such court, in this Act called a “Dáil Land Court.”

(2) For the purposes of this Act the authority of all Dáil Land Courts shall be deemed to have been withdrawn on the 17th day of September, 1922.

Commissioners, Irish Land Commission may be appointed to be Judicial Commissioners for the purposes of this Act.

2.—For the purposes of this Act sub-section (2) of section 2 of the principal Act shall be read and construed as if Commissioners of the Irish Land Commission were therein mentioned as one of the classes of persons qualified for appointment as Judicial Commissioners.

Adaptation and extension of times prescribed by Principal Act.

3.—(1) In the application of sub-section (1) of section 12 of the principal Act to decrees of a Dáil Land Court the date to be prescribed by the public notice referred to in the said sub-section shall be a date not sooner than three months or later than six months after the passing of this Act, and the Register of decrees of Dáil Land Courts and of all orders made by the Commissioners in respect of proceedings commenced in Dáil Land Courts shall be kept separate and distinct from the Register of the decrees of other Dáil courts, and the expression “the Register” shall mean the Register of the decrees of Dáil Land Courts or the Register of the decrees of other Dáil courts as the case may be.

(2) The time prescribed by section 26 of the principal Act shall for the purposes of the said Act and of this Act be extended to any time within six months from the passing of this Act.

Additional powers of Commissioners in hearing of appeals as regards registration.

4.—(1) On an appeal under sub-section (4) of section 12 of the principal Act in respect of the registration, or the refusal of the Registrar to register a decree of a Dáil Land Court, the Commissioners may, without prejudice to the generality of the said sub-section, cancel the registration or refuse to make an order for the registration of the decree—

(a) if in the opinion of the court the ends of justice would be better served by the institution of fresh proceedings; or

(b) if the decree has been executed or partly executed and the application for registration is made for the purpose of an appeal under section 5 of the principal Act; or

(c) if, after due consideration of all the circumstances and after making due allowances for prevalent conditions, it appears to the court inequitable that the decree should be registered.

(2) An order on any appeal to which this section applies may be made subject to such terms and conditions as to the court shall appear to be just.

Limitation of appeals in respect of Dáil Land Court decrees.

5.—An application to the Commissioners to hear and determine an appeal under sub-section (2) of section 4 or under sub-section (1) of section 5 of the principal Act in respect of a decree of a Dáil Land Court shall only be made to or be entertained by the Commissioners after special leave to appeal has been granted by the Commissioners on a motion on notice stating the grounds of appeal, and such leave may be granted or refused on such terms and conditions, if any, as shall appear to be just, including the striking out of any ground of appeal in respect of any matter which was or might have been considered on an appeal against the registration of the decree.

Dáil Land Court decrees may be deemed to be arbitration awards.

6.—On any appeal or application under either of the two last preceding sections the court may make an order that the decree sought to be registered or to be appealed against, with any variations or amendments that may be agreed upon between the parties, shall be deemed to be an award of a properly constituted court of arbitration or board of arbitrators, and may make the same a rule of the court of the Commissioners.

Pleading and enforcement of registered decrees.

7.—(1) Sub-section (5) of section 5 of the principal Act shall be read and construed as if the words “or for the purpose of asserting or maintaining any right or title to any property declared by or transferred under any registered decree” were inserted after the words “in any proceeding” in said sub-section.

(2) Sub-section (2) of section 20 of the principal Act shall be read and construed as if the following paragraph, that is to say:—

“(e) making any order for the appointing of a receiver by way of equitable execution, or for the attachment of debts owing or accruing from a garnishee, or making any instalment order or any committal order under section 6 , of the Debtors Act (Ireland) 1872 , for the purpose of enforcing any registered decree”:

was inserted after paragraph (d) in said sub-section.

(3) For the purpose of the registration of any affidavit to have the effect of a mortgage under section 7 of the Judgment-Mortgage (Ireland) Act, 1850, a registered decree shall be deemed to be a judgment entered up after the passing of the said Act in one of the Superior Courts in section 6 of said Act mentioned or in the Court to which the jurisdiction formerly exercised by the said Court has been transferred, and the Court of the Commissioners shall, for the purposes of the said Act, be deemed to be one of the said Superior Courts or the Court to which this said jurisdiction was transferred and to be the Court in which the affidavit specified in said section 6 may be filed, and the provisions of said section 6 as to registration shall apply to an affidavit so filed.

(4) The expression “registered decree” shall, where the context so admits, include and be deemed to have always included an order of the Commissioners entered upon the Register.

Preservation of powers of Irish Land Commission.

8.—Nothing in this Act or in the principal Act shall have the effect of preventing any lands, the subject of proceedings before the Commissioners, from being dealt with by the Irish Land Commission under the Land Law or Land Purchase Acts or of abrogating or impairing any of the powers of the Irish Land Commission in respect thereto, whether such powers be exercised for the purpose of recovering arrears of purchase annuities or arrears of interest in lieu of rent, or for any other purpose for which they might have lawfully exercised such powers had this Act not been passed.

Short title.

9.This Act may be cited as the Dáil Eireann Courts (Winding Up) Act, 1923, Amendment Act, 1924.