Private Bill Procedure Act
- Commenced on 11 July 1924
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Private Bill Procedure Act [Chapter 2:07].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“depositary” means any person to whom is assigned, in terms of section three, the duty of receiving documents;“depositor” means any person whose duty it is, in accordance with the Standing Orders, to deposit any documents in Parliament in relation to any private Bills to be introduced therein, and includes the duly authorized agent of any such person;“document” means any map, diagram, plan, section, book or writing or any copy thereof or extract therefrom;“petitioner” means any person who may present a petition against a private Bill or against any provision or statement therein;“private Bill” means a private Bill as defined in the Standing Orders;“promoter” means any person whose name appears on any petition or private Bill as promoting the same;“Standing Orders” means the Standing Orders governing private Bills;“taxing officer” means the taxing officer appointed in terms of section six.
Part II – Care, custody and inspection of documents deposited for private bills
3. Designation of depositariesThe Speaker may, by notice published in the Gazette under the hand of the Secretary to Parliament, assign to any person the duty of receiving all documents which, in pursuance of the Standing Orders, are required to be deposited in relation to any private Bill of the intended introduction of which due public notice has been given.
4. Duties of depositaries
5. PenaltyAny neglect or refusal by a depositary to carry out any provision of section four shall be deemed to be a contempt of Parliament, and shall render the offender liable to be dealt with in the same manner as a person who has committed a contempt under the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act [Chapter 2:08] or under the Standing Orders.
Part III – Taxation of costs in respect of promotion of, or opposition to, private bills
6. Appointment of taxing officers by Speaker
7. Preparation of scale of chargesThe Standing Orders may provide and alter scales of charges for fixing the amount of the costs which may be allowed to parliamentary agents and others upon taxation under this Act of bills of costs for or in connection with the promotion of or opposition to a private Bill, and the taxing officer shall, in taxing any such bill of costs, be guided, as to the maximum amount to be allowed, by the scale of charges so provided.
8. When opponents entitled to recover costs
9. When promoters entitled to recover costs
10. Taxing officer to tax Bills on application of party chargeable or others
11. Taxing officer to report to Speaker on taxation and objections
12. Taxing officer may examine parties and others on oath and call for books and papers
13. What fees to be taken by taxing officer
History of this document
11 July 1924