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Civil Law Ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Law of England to be observed in maritime matters.

3. Law of England to be observed in all commercial matters.

4. What law to govern questions relating to the effect of war.

5. Legal rate of interest.

6. Contracts made abroad how determined.

7. If the Kandyan Law is silent, the Law of the Maritime Provinces to govern.

8. Marriages of Europeans not valid in the Maritime Provinces to be invalid in the Kandyan Provinces.

9. The succession ab intestato to the property of Europeans in the Kandyan Provinces to be the same as in the Maritime Provinces.

5 of 1852,

22 of 1866,

2 of 1889,

18 of 1914,

25 of 1927,

51 of 1938,

17 of 1944,

36 of 1981.

AN ORDINANCE to introduce into Sri Lanka the Law of England in certain cases, and to restrict the operation of the Kandyan Law.

[Date of Commencement: 1st July, 1853]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Civil Law Ordinance.

2. Law of England to be observed in maritime matters.

The law to be hereafter administered in Sri Lanka in respect of all contracts or questions arising within the same relating to ships and to the property therein, and to the owners thereof, the behaviour of the master and mariners, and their respective rights, duties, and liabilities, relating to the carriage of passengers and goods by ships, to stoppage in transit, to freight, demurrage, insurance, salvage, average, collision between ships, to bills of lading, and generally to all maritime matters, shall be the same in respect of the said matters as would be administered in England in the like case at the corresponding period, if the contract had been entered into or if the act in respect of which any such question shall have arisen had been done in England, unless in any case other provision is or shall be made by any enactment now in force in Sri Lanka or hereafter to be enacted.

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