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Re: All you need to know about the WOMEN'S CHARTER

PART V
PENALTIES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS RELATING TO SOLEMNIZATION AND REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES


Omission to appear before Deputy Registrar within prescribed time

34. (1) Any person who, being required by section 29 to appear before a Deputy Registrar, fails to do so within the prescribed time shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.[26/80]

(2) The Registrar may, in his discretion, compound any such offence by collecting from the person reasonably suspected of having committed the same a sum not exceeding $400.[26/80]

Contravention of section 32
35. Any person who contravenes section 32 shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.

Interference with marriage

36. Any person who uses any force or threat

(a) to compel a person to marry against his will; or

(b) to prevent a person who has attained the age of 21 years from contracting a valid marriage,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

False oath, etc., for procuring marriage
37. Any person who for the purpose of procuring any marriage under this Act intentionally makes any false declaration or signs any false notice or certificate required by this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

False allegation in caveat

38. (1) Any person who enters a caveat against the issue by the Registrar of a marriage licence and makes any false representation in or in support of the caveat knowing or believing such representation to be false or not having reason to believe it to be true shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

(2) Any person who enters a caveat against the issue of a marriage licence and pretends or falsely represents himself to be a person whose consent to the marriage is required by law knowing or believing such pretence or representation to be false or not believing it to be true shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

Unauthorised solemnization of marriage
39. Any person who, not being authorised thereto under this Act, solemnizes or purports to solemnize any marriage shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $15,000.[9/67]

Offences relating to solemnization of marriages
40. (1) Any person who knowingly and contrary to this Act solemnizes or purports to solemnize or officiates at a marriage

(a) without first receiving a marriage licence or a special marriage licence;

(b) otherwise than in the presence of at least 2 credible witnesses other than the person solemnizing the marriage; or

(c) after the expiration of 3 months from the date of the notice of marriage given under section 14,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000. [9/67;26/80]

(2) The Registrar or any Assistant Registrar who knowingly and contrary to this Act issues any marriage licence

(a) without publishing the notice of marriage as required by section 16;

(b) when a caveat has been entered under section 19 without having first complied with section 20; or

(c) contrary to section 17,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000.[26/80]

(3) Any person who marries or purports to marry or goes through a form of marriage with any person contrary to any of the provisions of Part III shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000.[9/67]

Destroying or falsifying register of marriages
41. Any person who by himself or another

(a) wilfully destroys or causes damage to any register of marriages or any certificate in that register or any part thereof or any authenticated extract therefrom;

(b) falsely makes or counterfeits any part of such register or certificate; or

(c) wilfully inserts any false entry in any register or certificate or authenticated extract,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Consent for prosecution

42. No prosecution for any offence punishable under this Part shall be instituted except with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.[9/67]

Correction of errors
43. (1) If the Registrar is satisfied by statutory declaration or otherwise that any entry relating to a marriage is erroneous in form or substance, he may, in the presence of the persons married, or, if they are absent, in the presence of 2 credible witnesses, correct the error by ruling through any entry in the certificate of marriage which is erroneous and making the correct entry therein.[30/96]

(2) The Registrar or the Deputy Registrar shall sign and date the correction made in the certificate of marriage.[30/96]

(3) Every entry made under subsection (1) shall be attested by the witnesses in whose presence it was made.

Inspection and search
44. (1) Every marriage register and index kept by the Registrar under the provisions of this Act shall be open to inspection upon payment of the prescribed fee by any person applying to inspect the same.

(2) The Registrar shall upon payment of the prescribed fee furnish to any person requiring the same a copy of any entry certified under his hand and seal of office.

Proof
45. Every marriage register kept by the Registrar or a Deputy Registrar under the provisions of this Act and any copy of any entry therein certified under his hand and seal of office to be a true copy or extract shall be prima facie evidence in all courts and tribunals in Singapore of the dates and acts contained or set out in such marriage register, copy or extract.
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