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THE PRESIDENCY SMALL CAUSE COURTS ACT, 1882

Title : THE PRESIDENCY SMALL CAUSE COURTS ACT, 1882

Year : 1882



Notices to produce documents, summonses to witnesses, and all other processes issued in the exercise of any jurisdiction conferred on the Small Cause Court by this Act, except summonses to defendants and writs of execution, may, if the Court by general or special order so directs, be served by such persons as the Court, from time to time, appoints in this behalf.



The Small Cause Court shall keep such registers, books and accounts, and submit to the High Court such statements and returns, as may, subject to the approval of the State
Government, be prescribed by the High Court.



The Small Cause Court shall comply with such requisitions as may, from time to time, be made by the State Government or High Court for records, returns and statements in such form and manner as such Government or Court, as the case may be, thinks fit.



The Small Cause Court shall, at the commencement of each year, draw up a list of holidays and vacations to be observed in the Court, and shall submit the same for the approval of the State Government.Such list, when it has received such approval, shall be published in the Official Gazette, and the said holidays and vacations shall be observed accordingly.



The President1* * * the Governors of 2[ Madras]3[Bombay and 4[West Bengal]], 5* * * and the Chief Justices and Judges of the High Courts 6* * * shall not be liable to arrest by order of the Small Cause Court.

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1 The words " and Members of his Council " rep. by the A. O.
1948.
2 Subs., ibid., for " Fort St. George ".

3 Subs. by Act 7 of 1912, s. 7 and Sch. E, for "and Bombay 4".

4 Subs. by the A. O. 1948 for " Fort William in Bengal ".

5 The words " and the Members of their respective Councils " rep.
by the A. O. 1937. The words " the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal "
rep. by Act 7 of 1912, s. 7 and Sch. E.

6 The words " for Part A States " omitted by the Adaptation of
Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956.

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No suit shall lie on any decree of the Small Cause Court.



Any person ordered by the Small Cause Court to be imprisoned may be imprisoned in such place as the State Government, from time to time, appoints in this behalf.



If any person against whom any suit is brought for anything purporting to be done by him under this Act has, before the institution of the suit, tendered sufficient amends to the plaintiff, the plaintiff shall not recover.



All prosecutions for anything purporting to be done under this Act must be commenced within three months after the offence was committed.


THE FIRST SCHEDULE.-

[Enactments repealed.]

Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938), s. 2 and Sch.


THE SECOND SCHEDULE.-

[Portions of Civil Procedure Code extending to Court.] Rep. by the Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1895 (1 of 1895), s. 12.


THE THIRD SCHEDULE

FORMS  A

[See section 53.]

In the Small Cause Court for

A. B........................(plaintiff),

Versus

C. D.........................(defendant),

A. B., of.....................in the town of ....................maketh oath (or affirms) and saith that C. D of...,is ............., of ..............., is justly indebted to ................in the sum of Rs .............. for arrears of rent of the house and premises
No .............., . situated at .............., in the town of ..............., due for.................months, to wit from ............to....., at the rate of Rs. per mensem.

Sworn (or affirmed) before me the ......................day of .........188.Judge [or Registrar].

B

[See section 54.]

In the Small Cause Court for

FORM OF WARRANT


I hereby direct you to dis train the movable property of C. D., on the house and premises situate at No..............., in the town of
.............., for the sum of ................Rs. and the Cost of the distress, according to the provisions of Chapter VIII of the
Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1882. Dated day of 18 .

(Signed and sealed.)

To E. F., Bailiff and Appraiser.



[See section 59.]

In the Small Cause Court for


FORM OF INVENTORY AND NOTICE

(State particulars of property seized.)


Take notice that I have this day seized the movable property contained in the above inventory for the sum of ............Rs., being the amount of ................. months rent due to A. B., at............... last, and that unless you pay the amount thereof, together with the costs of this distress, within five days from the date hereof, or obtain an order from one of the Judges or the
Registrar of the Small Cause Court to the contrary, the same will be appraised and sold pursuant to the provisions of Chapter VIII of the Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1882.Dated the day of 18 .


(Signed) E. F.,

To C. D. Bailiff and Appraiser.


[See section 64.]

In the Small Cause Court for

Take notice that we have appraised the movable property seized on the ............ day of ............., under the provisions of Chapter
VIII of the Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1882, of which seizure and property a notice and inventory were duly served upon you [or upon.......on your behalf, as the case may be] under date the ..........., and that the said property will be sold on the ...................[two clear days at least after the date of the notice]
at .................. pursuant to the provisions of the said Act.
Dated this day of 18 .

(Signed) E. F.,G. H.,
Bailiffs and Appraisers.
To C. D.

[See section 66.]

In the Small Cause Court for

SCALE OF FEES TO BE LEVIED IN DISTRAINTS FOR HOUSE-RENT

Sums sued        Affidavit and warrant to distrain
Order to sell
        Commission        Total
Rs.       Rs.
             Rs.   A.   P.
Rs. A.   P.
  Rs.  A.    P.
    Rs.    A.     P.
 

1 and under 5 . .
5       10 . .
10     15 . .
15     20 . .
20     25 . .
25     30 . .
30     35 . .
35     40 . .
40     45 . .
45     50 . .
50     60 . .
60     80 . .
80 to 100 . .
Upwards of 100 . .

0     4    0     
0     8    0
0     8    0
0     8    0
0   12    0
1    0     0
1    0     0
1    0     0
1    4     0
1    8     0
2    0     0
2    8     0
3    0     0
3    0     0
          0      8       0
          0      8        0
          1      0        0
          1      0        0
          1      0        0
          1      0        0
          1      8        0
          2      0        0
          2      0        0
          2      0        0
          2      8        0
          3      0        0
          3      0        0
0    8   0                 
1    0   0                
1    8   0                
2    0   0                 
2    8   0               
3    0   0             
3    8   0              
4    0   0             
4    8   0             
5    0   0             
6    0   0            
6    8   0            
7    0   0            
7 per centum..

1   4   0
2   0   0
2   8   0
3   8   0
4   4   0
5   0   0
5   8   0
6   8   0
7  12  0
8   8   0
10 0   0
11  8  0
13  0  0


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The above scale includes all expenses, except in suits where the tenant disputes the landlords claim, and witnesses have to be subpoenaed, in which case each subpoena for sums under Rs. 40 must be paid for at four annas each, and twelve annas above that amount ; and also where peons are kept in charge of property distrained 1*[four annas per day must be paid per man].

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1 In their application to the Court of Small Causes of Calcutta, these words have been subs. by the words " such sum not exceeding eight annas per day as may be fixed from time to time by the Chief Judge must be paid per man " by the Presidency Small Cause Courts (Bengal Amendment) Act, 1932 (Ben. 20 of 1932).

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THE FOURTH SCHEDULE

[See section 72.]

FEES FOR SUMMONSES AND OTHER PROCESSES

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When the Amount But does not Fees for summonses Fees for other or value of the exceed processes the subject-matter exceeds

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RS.  Rs.         Rs.   A.   P.              Rs.   A.    P.
 
0      10          0     2   0                 0    2     0

10    20          0     4   0                 0    4     0

20    50          0     8   0                 0    8     0

50   100         1     0   0                 1    0     0

100  200        1     4   0                 2    0     0

200  300        1     8   0                 3    0     0

300  400        1    12  0                 4    0     0

400  500        2     0   0                 5    0     0

500  600        2     4   0                 6    0     0

600  700        2     8   0                 7    0     0

700  800        2    12  0                 8    0     0

800  900        3     0   0                 9    0     0

900 1,000      3     4   0                10    0    0

1,000 1,100   3     6   0                10    8    0

1,100 1,200   3     8   0                11    0    0

1,200 1,300   3    10  0                11    8    0

1,300 1,400   3    12  0                12    0    0

1,400 1,500   3    14  0                12    8    0

1,500 1,600   4     0   0                13    0    0

1,600 1,700   4     2   0                13    8    0

1,700 1,800   4     4   0                14    0    0

1,800 1,900   4     6   0                14    8    0

1,900 2,000   4     8   0                15    0    0

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1* * * * *

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1 Sch. V has been ins. in the Act in its application to the
Court of Small Causes of Calcutta by the Presidency Small Cause Courts (Bengal Amendment) Act, 1934 (Ben. 8 of 1934).

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Last updated on September, 2016

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