TREASURE TROVE ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. All treasure trove to be the absolute property of the Republic of Sri Lanka.

3. Duty of finder and of person who acquires possession of treasure trove.

4. Powers of Magistrate in respect of inquiries under this Ordinance.

5. Record of inquiry to be forwarded to the Attorney-General.

6. Reward to finder or possessor.

7. Reward to informer.

8. Penalty for concealment.

9. Lost Property Regulation not to apply to treasure trove.

10. Interpretation.

17 of 1887,

3 of 1891,

9 of 1940.

AN ORDINANCE to provide against the concealment of Treasure Trove.

[Date of Commencement: 17th February, 1888]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Treasure Trove Ordinance.

2. All treasure trove to be the absolute property of the Republic of Sri Lanka.

All treasure trove shall be the absolute property of the Republic of Sri Lanka, and the person finding the same shall not, as of right, be entitled to any portion thereof, any law or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

3. Duty of finder and of person who acquires possession of treasure trove.

(1) It shall be the duty of every person finding treasure trove, and every person to whose knowledge the finding of treasure trove shall in any way come, and of every person to whose possession treasure trove shall in any way come, forthwith to report the fact of such finding and to surrender the treasure trove in his possession to the nearest Magistrate, if any such Magistrate resides within a distance of ten miles from the place in which such finding shall have occurred, or in which such person shall be at the time he acquires possession of such treasure trove. But if no such Magistrate resides within the distance aforesaid, such report and surrender shall be made to the nearest divisional Assistant Government Agent or Grama Seva Niladhari or to the nearest police officer not under the rank of Sergeant, and it shall be the duty of such Divisional Assistant Government Agent, grama seva niladhari or police officer forthwith to give information of such report, and to deliver possession of any treasure trove which may have been surrendered to him to the nearest Magistrate.

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