Civil Liability Act, 1961


Fatal Injuries

Definitions (Part IV).

47.—(1) In this Part—

“dependant”, in relation to a person whose death is caused by a wrongful act, means any member of the family of the deceased who suffers injury or mental distress;

“member of the family” means wife, husband, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister;

“wrongful act” includes a crime.

(2) In deducing any relationship for the purposes of this Part—

(a) a person adopted under the Adoption Act, 1952 , shall be considered the legitimate offspring of the adopter or adopters;

(b) subject to paragraph (a) of this subsection, an illegitimate person shall be considered the legitimate offspring of his mother and reputed father;

(c) a person in loco parentis to another shall be considered the parent of that other.