Commonwealth Forces (Jurisdiction) Act
- Commenced on 12 December 1979
- [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 Commonwealth Forces (Jurisdiction) Act [Chapter 11:01].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“appropriate service authorities” means those authorities, including courts martial, having jurisdiction over the members of a Commonwealth force under the relevant service discipline Act;“Commonwealth force” means any unit or part of the forces of any member of the Commonwealth which, in accordance with an arrangement made with the Government, is for the time being serving in Zimbabwe;“member”, in relation to a Commonwealth force, includes any member of the forces of such member of the Commonwealth who, in accordance with his duty, is in Zimbabwe, and any member of the civilian component of such force who is subject to the relevant service discipline Act;“service discipline Act”, in relation to a Commonwealth force, means the legislation of the relevant member of the Commonwealth which provides for the regulation and discipline of that force;“service proceeding” means any court martial, summary of evidence, summary disposal proceedings, board of inquiry or regimental inquiry of a Commonwealth force held in Zimbabwe in accordance with the service discipline Act.
Part II – Jurisdiction
3. Jurisdiction of service authoritiesNotwithstanding any other enactment, the appropriate service authorities shall have and may exercise jurisdiction in Zimbabwe in respect of the members of the Commonwealth force concerned in accordance with the service discipline Act.
4. Exclusion of jurisdiction of Zimbabwean courts
5. InquestsNo inquest or inquiry shall be held in terms of the Inquests Act [Chapter 7:07] into the death of a member of a Commonwealth force.
Part III – Miscellaneous
6. Powers of arrest etc.
7. Non-service witnesses at service proceedings
8. Exemptions of commonwealth forces from certain dutiesNo duty as defined in the Customs and Excise Act [Chapter 23:02] shall be payable on goods imported into Zimbabwe, or acquired from stocks in bond, for the use of a Commonwealth force and, where any goods are acquired from duty-paid stocks in Zimbabwe for the use of a Commonwealth force, any such duty paid on such goods shall be refunded to that force.
9. EvidenceA certificate under the hand of the President, or of any person appointed for the purpose by the President by notice in the Gazette, that any person is or was during a stated period a member of a force which is a Commonwealth force shall be conclusive evidence in any court of the facts stated therein.
10. Offences and penalties
History of this document
12 December 1979