REGISTRATION OF DEATHS (EMERGENCY) ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Modification of statutory requirements relating to information and registration of deaths.

3. Modification of certain statutory requirements relating to information and inquiries and of burials and cremations in cases of death in consequence of war operations.

4. Disposal of bodies where deaths have occurred otherwise than in consequence of war operations.

5. Duty of keeper of a cemetery or burial ground.

6. Form of certificate to be issued by a proper authority.

7. Registration of deaths on receipt of records from proper authority. 

8. Proof of death.

9. Construction of Ordinance.

10. Application of Ordinance.

11. Interpretation.

23 of 1978.

24 of 1945,

37 of 1952.

AN ORDINANCE to modify certain provisions of law relating to the registration of deaths, inquiries into deaths and to the burial and cremation of dead bodies in their application in the case of the deaths of persons subject to military law or of members of the armed forces of the enemy.

[Date of Commencement: 7th September, 1945]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Registration of Deaths (Emergency Provisions) Ordinance.

2. Modification of statutory requirements relating to information and registration of deaths.

In the event of the death of a person subject to military law or of a member of the armed forces of the enemy, whether in consequence of war operations or otherwise—

(a) it shall not be necessary for any person subject to military law to give information concerning the death to a registrar or to attend before the registrar and sign the register or to deliver a certificate stating the cause of death to a registrar or to any other person; and

(b) a registrar shall not register the death, unless he is directed to do so by the Registrar-General.

3. Modification of certain statutory requirements relating to information and inquiries and of burials and cremations in cases of death in consequence of war operations.

(1) In the event of the death of a person subject to military law or of a member of the armed forces of the enemy in consequence of war operations—

(a) it shall not be obligatory on any person to give information concerning the death to an inquirer; and

(b) an inquirer shall not take any action in relation to the death.

(2) In the case of any death referred to in subsection (1), a proper authority may cause the dead body to be buried, cremated, or otherwise disposed of, in any cemetery or burial ground or other place, as he may think fit:

Provided, however, that such body shall not be buried, cremated, or otherwise disposed of, in any cemetery or burial ground duly established or registered under the Cemeteries and Burials Ordinance for any proclaimed area, unless a certificate with respect to such body has been duly issued by a proper authority in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance.

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