PRESCRIPTION ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Term of prescription for land or immovable property.

4. Possessory action may be brought within one year of ouster.

5. Mortgage debt or bond prescribed after ten years.

6. Term in case of partnership deeds written promise, contract, bargain agreement, security, upon promissory note, bill of exchange.

7. Term in cases of action to recover goods, rent, money lent without written security.

8. Term in case for goods sold, shop bill, book debt, or work and labour.

9. Term in cases for damages.

10. Term in case of actions not herein before provided for.

11. Claims in reconvention not to be allowed where action is barred.

12. No acknowledgment to take a case out of the operation of this Ordinance unless in writing.

13. Proviso in case of disabilities with reference to claims for land.

14. Proviso in case of disabilities affecting claims other than those for land.

15. This Ordinance not to affect State or causes matrimonial.

22 of 1871,

2 of 1889,

26 of 2014.

AN ORDINANCE to amend the Laws regulating the Prescription of actions.

[Date of Commencement: 1st January, 1872]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Prescription Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires—

“immovable property” shall be taken to include all shares and interests in such property, and all rights, easements, and servitudes thereunto belonging or appertaining.

3. Term of prescription for land or immovable property.

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