CHAPTER 9:03
CONVICTED PERSONS (EMPLOYMENT ON PUBLIC WORK)

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   SECTION

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Power of court to order persons to perform public work

   4.   Payment of fine either in full or in part

   5.   Duties of persons ordered to perform public work

   6.   Penalty for failure to comply with an order to perform public work

   7.   Revision and appeals

   8.   Rules

   9.   Saving

16 of 1954
39 of 1954
27 of 1964 (N)
G.N. 166/1967

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the employment of convicted persons on public work

[28TH MAY 1954]

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Convicted Persons (Employment on Public Work) Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   “court” means a subordinate court and includes a Traditional Court to the extent to which it is empowered under the Traditional Courts Act to make an order to perform public work.

3.   Power or court to order persons to perform public work

   (1) When a person is convicted of any offence by a court and such court is of opinion that the offence would be adequately punished by a sentence of imprisonment not exceeding six months, the court may, instead of awarding a sentence of imprisonment, order such person to perform public work for a period not exceeding six months.

   (2) Subject to subsection (1), the court shall not order any person to perform public work for a longer period than the maximum sentence of imprisonment which it could have imposed on such person in respect of the offence of which he has been convicted.

   (3) Where any Act provides that an offence is punishable by fine only or by fine and imprisonment in default of payment of such fine, the court may order the person convicted to perform public work for a period not exceeding six months in default of payment.

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