Enforcement of Court Orders Act, 1926.

No action to lie against under-sheriff for entering or breaking premises.

12.—(1) No action shall lie against an under-sheriff who has complied with the conditions hereinafter stated for or on account of his having entered or broken into any lands, house, close, or other premises for the purpose of taking in execution any goods, animals, or other chattels which were or might be on or in such lands, house, close, or premises, or for or on account of any injury occasioned to such lands, house, or premises by or in the course of such entry or breaking in.

(2) The conditions hereinbefore mentioned are:—

(a) that before breaking into any dwellinghouse or other building the under-sheriff shall make reasonable efforts to enter peaceably and without violence, and

(b) where the under-sheriff breaks and enters the premises of a person other than the person against whom he has been called upon to enforce an execution order, he shall either have had reasonable grounds for believing that there were some goods, animals, or chattels of such last-mentioned person in such premises or he shall actually find some such goods, animals, or chattels in such premises.