DEFINITION OF BOUNDARIES ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Government Agent may demand production of title deeds.

3. Trespassers, unless willful, not liable.

4. Where party has had possession for three years of land, erroneously granted by the State.

5. Where less than three years.

6. Where party has had possession for not less than two nor more than five years of uncultivated land belonging to another.

7. Where more than five years.

8. Proprietors of adjoining lands may call upon each other to define boundaries.

9. Procedure when Government Agent or Assistant Government Agent finds boundary of private land adjoining State land should be made or renewed.

10. Where boundaries have been made and adjoining lands subsequently purchased.

11. Disputes to be referred to Arbitration.

12. Disputes between respective owners as to necessity or sufficiency of boundary to be referred to Arbitration.

13. Ordinance not to affect property of minors or insane persons.

14. Penalty on removing landmarks.

1 of 1844,

13 of 1905,

28 of 1919,

27 of 1933,

8 of 1947,

22 of 1955.

AN ORDINANCE to make provision for the more easily ascertaining the Boundaries of Lands in Sri Lanka.

[Date of Commencement: 17th January, 1844]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Definition of Boundaries Ordinance.

2. Government Agent may demand production of title deeds.

It shall at any time, be lawful for the Government Agent of the administrative district, to demand in writing of any person claiming to be the owner of any land within the same, the production of every deed, document, and instrument upon which such person founds such claim; and if the occupier or person having the superintendence or management of any such land, not being himself the alleged owner thereof, shall refuse to give full information respecting the name and residence of such alleged owner, upon being requested to do so by the Government Agent, or if such alleged owner shall refuse to produce to the Government Agent, within ten days after being requested to do so, every deed, document, and instrument upon which he founds his claim to the said land, and which shall be in his possession, or if any such deed, document, or instrument shall not be in his possession, shall refuse fully to inform the Government, Agent, upon application, in whose possession they are, or if any person having in his possession, any such deed, document, or instrument shall refuse to produce the same within ten days after having been requested to do so in writing by the Government Agent, every such occupier, superintendent or manager, alleged owner, and person so refusing shall be guilty of an offence, and be liable, on conviction thereof, to any fine, not exceeding fifty rupees.

3. Trespassers, unless willful, not liable.

From and after the passing of this Ordinance, no person shall be liable to any action for trespass for any entry upon any land within Sri Lanka, or to any action for damages in respect of any injury done to the same, if the title to such land shall be founded on any grant from the State, or if the person claiming to be the owner thereof shall have attached or belonging to the deed, document, or instrument by virtue of which he claims such land, a correct and authenticated survey thereof, or shall at any time have received a certificate that the State has no claim upon such land, unless the boundaries of such land shall be clearly defined along their whole line, or at such intervals as shall accurately show their whole line, by some wall, bank, ditch, fence, posts, stones or other sufficient landmarks or boundary, unless such trespass or injury, shall have been wilfully committed.

4. Where party has had possession for three years of land, erroneously granted by the State.

If the State shall have heretofore granted, or shall hereafter grant, any land which shall have been previously granted by the State to any party, or which shall be possessed by any person in manner provided by section 3 of this Ordinance, and the boundaries whereof shall not have been or shall not be clearly defined in the manner provided by the said section at the time of making such erroneous grant, and if the party to whom any such erroneous grant shall have been made shall have entered upon such land, and shall have clearly defined the boundaries thereof as aforesaid, and remained in undisturbed possession thereof for the space of three years subsequent to the passing of this Ordinance, and shall have cultivated or improved the same, the party so in possession shall be entitled to retain the land so cultivated and improved upon payment to the party having a title to the same under the original grant from the State or under any other good and sufficient title, of the value of such land at the time such erroneous grant shall have been made (which value shall be determined, if necessary, by arbitration in manner hereinafter provided): And upon such payment being made to such party, and in consideration thereof, such party is hereby required to execute a good and valid transfer of such land to the party so in possession thereof as aforesaid, and his heirs, upon application by and at the sole cost of the said party so in possession; and the said party so in possession shall be entitled to recover from the State the amount paid to the State in respect of such erroneous grant.

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