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PUNJAB COURT OF WARDS (AMENDMENT)
ACT, 2012

An Act further to amend the Punjab Court of Wards Act 1903.

[Gazette of Punjab, Extraordinary, 30th July, 2012]

CT XLIV OF 2012

No. PAP-Legis-2(120)/2012/723.–The Punjab Court of Wards (Amendment) Bill 2012, having been passed by the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on 18 July 2012, and assented to by the Governor of the Punjab on 28 July 2012, is hereby published as an Act of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.

Preamble.–Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Punjab Court of Wards Act 1903 (II of 1903) for purposes hereinafter appearing;

It is enacted as follows:–

  1. Short title and commencement.–(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Court of Wards (Amendment) Act, 2012.

(2)  It shall come into force at once.

  1. Amendment in Act II of 1903.–In the Punjab Court of Wards Act 1903 (II of 1903), hereinafter referred to as the said Act, for the words “Provincial Government”, wherever occur, the word “Government” shall be substituted.
  2. Substitution of Section 3 in Act of 1903.–In the said Act, for Section 3, the following shall be substituted:–

“3.  Definitions.–In this Act–

(a)        “immovable property” shall include land, benefits to arise out of land, and things attached to the earth or permanently fastened to anything which is attached to the earth, but shall not include growing crops or grass;

(b)        “Board of Revenue” means the Board of Revenue established under the Punjab Board of Revenue Act 1957 (XI of 1957);

(c)        “Collector” means the Collector of a District appointed under the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of 1967) and includes an officer authorized by the Government to exercise the powers of the Collector;

(d)       “Commissioner” means a Commissioner of a Division appointed under the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of 1967) and includes an Additional Commissioner;

(e)        “Government” means Government of the Punjab;

(f)        “land-holder” shall mean a person who possesses any interest in land, whether as proprietor, assignee of the land-revenue, lessee of waste lands or otherwise;

(g)        “minor” shall mean a person who has not, within the meaning of the Majority Act 1875, attained his majority; and

(h)        “ward” shall mean any person in respect of whose person or the whole or any part of whose property or of whose person and property, the Court of Wards has assumed superintendence, but shall not include a joint proprietor the superintendence of whose property has been assumed by the Court of Wards under Section 8.”

  1. Substitution of Section 54 in Act II of 1903.–In the said Act, for Section 54, the following shall be substituted:–

“54. Power to make rules.–(1) The Board of Revenue may, with the previous approval of the Government, make rules for carrying out the purposes of the Act.

(2)  Without prejudice to the generality of sub-section (1), the rules may regulate any of the following matters:-

(a)        management of a property under the superintendence of the Court of Wards;

(b)        procedure to be observed and the powers to be exercised by any person in any proceedings under the Act; and

(c)        any matter or thing required or permitted by the Act to be prescribed.”

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