State Liabilities Act
- Commenced on 13 May 1932
- [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]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the State Liabilities Act [Chapter 8:14].
2. Claims against the State cognizable in any competent courtAny claim against the State which would, if that claim had arisen against a private person, be the ground of an action in any competent court, shall be cognizable by any such court, whether the claim arises or has arisen out of any contract lawfully entered into on behalf of the State or out of any wrong committed by any officer or employee of the State acting in his capacity and within the scope of his authority as such officer or employee, as the case may be.
3. Proceedings to be taken against Minister of department concernedIn any action or other proceedings which are instituted by virtue of section two, the plaintiff, the applicant or the petitioner, as the case may be, may make the Minister to whom the headship of the Ministry or department concerned has been assigned nominal defendant or respondent:Provided that, where the headship of the Ministry or department concerned has been assigned to a Vice-President, he may be made nominal defendant or respondent.
4. Citation of President, a Vice President, Minister or public official in proceedingsWhenever the President or a Vice-President or any Minister, Deputy Minister or public official is cited in any action or other proceedings in his official capacity he shall be cited by his official title and not by name.
5. No execution or attachment to be issued, but nominal defendant or respondent authorized to pay the sum awarded
6. Notice to be given of intention to institute proceedings against State and officials in respect of certain claims
7. ExemptionsSection six shall not apply to—
8. Court not to take notice of failure to comply with section 6No court of its own motion shall take notice of any failure to comply with section six.
9. Provisions of other laws relating to prescription of claims etc. not affectedSections two and six shall not be construed as affecting the operation of any other law which—
History of this document
13 May 1932