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VISITING FORCES ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

   1.   Interpretation.

   2.   Exercise of powers.

   3.   Primary right of civil courts to exercise jurisdiction, etc.

   4.   Restriction on jurisdiction.

   5.   Waiver of primary right to exercise jurisdiction.

   6.   Summoning of witnesses.

   7.   Offences by witnesses, etc.

   8.   Privileges of members of service courts, etc.

   9.   Effect of certificate of service authority.

   10.   Due constitution of service courts, etc.

   11.   Assistance by home force to civil courts and authorities.

   12.   Detention of sentenced members of visiting forces.

   13.   Provisions of Penal Code Act not applying to visiting forces.

   14.   Rank of members of visiting forces, etc.

   15.   Application of other Acts.

 

CHAPTER 308
VISITING FORCES ACT.

Commencement: 1 January, 1964.

   An Act to enable service courts and authorities of sending States to which visiting forces belong to exercise jurisdiction and other powers over members of such forces and for other purposes connected therewith.

 

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "civil court" means a court in Uganda having jurisdiction in criminal matters;

   (b)   "home force" means the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces or any part of it;

   (c)   "magistrate" means a chief magistrate or magistrate grade I;

   (d)   "sending State" means the State to which a visiting force belongs;

   (e)   "service authority" means any army, navy or air force authority;

   (f)   "service court" includes any army, navy or air force court, a service court of inquiry, and any officer of a visiting force who is empowered by the sending State to review the proceedings of a service court of the sending State or to investigate charges or to dispose of charges himself or herself;

   (g)   "visiting force" means any body, contingent, detachment or member, including a dependent of a member, of the army, navy or air force of any State which, with the consent of the President, is lawfully present in Uganda or on board any aircraft of Uganda.

 

2.   Exercise of powers.

   Subject to the other provisions of this Act, when a visiting force is present in Uganda or on board any aircraft of Uganda the service courts and service authorities of the sending State may exercise within Uganda, or on board any such aircraft, in relation to members of that force, all such powers as are conferred upon them by the law of the sending State.

 

3.   Primary right of civil courts to exercise jurisdiction, etc.

   (1) Except in respect of offences mentioned in subsection (2), the civil courts shall have the primary right to exercise jurisdiction in respect of any act or omission constituting an offence against any law in force in Uganda alleged to have been committed by a member of a visiting force.

   (2) With respect to th

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