Volume VI
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Power of attorney may be registered by the Registrar-General. Registration to be recorded.

4. Cancellation or revocation may be notified to the Registrar-General and published. Effect of non-notification.

5. Registration of cancellation or revocation.

6. Registrar-General shall file documents.

7. Copies of registered powers of attorney.

8. Copies issued by Registrar-General to be received in evidence.

9. Fees.

10. Regulations.


4 of 1902,

9 of 1913,

33 of 1939,

23 of 1978,

14 of 2013.

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the registration of written authorities and powers of attorney.

[Date of Commencement: 1st July, 1902]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Powers of Attorney Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

For the purposes of this Ordinance and unless there be anything in the subject or context repugnant to such construction—

"attorney” shall include every person holding such power of attorney;

"power of attorney” shall include any written power or authority other than that given to an attorney-at-law or law agent, given by one person to another to perform any work, do any act or carry on any trade or business and executed before two witnesses or executed before or attested by a notary public or by a Justice of the Peace, Registrar, Deputy Registrar or by any Judge or Magistrate, or Ambassador, High Commissioner or other diplomatic representative of the Republic of Sri Lanka; and

"Registrar-General” shall include the Deputy Registrar-General and an Assistant Registrar-General and any person for the time being lawfully discharging the duties of the Registrar-General or of the Deputy Registrar-General or an Assistant Registrar-General.

[Am by s 2 of Law 23 of 1978.]

3. Power of attorney may be registered by the Registrar-General. Registration to be recorded.

Any attorney desiring to have his power of attorney registered under this Ordinance shall be entitled to have the same so registered and shall for that purpose produce the same to the Registrar-General together with a copy thereof certified by a notary public to be a true copy and shall make an affidavit to the effect that to the best of his knowledge and belief such power of attorney is genuine and still in force. And the Registrar-General shall, after satisfying himself of the correctness of such copy, register the power of attorney and file such copy and shall endorse upon it and upon the power of attorney a certificate signed by him stating the fact of such registration and the date thereof, together with a reference to the volume and folio wherein such registration is recorded and such copy is filed and shall return the power of attorney to the person producing the same. Such registration shall be recorded in a book to be kept in the form prescribed in the Schedule.

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