Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Act 1920

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1920 c. 66


Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Act, 1920,

(10 & 11 Geo. 5.) CHAPTER 66.

An Act to amend the enactments relative to Compensation for Criminal Injuries in Ireland.

[23rd December 1920]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority on the same, as follows:

S-1 Payment of criminal injuries compensation.

1 Payment of criminal injuries compensation.

(1) Where a decree has been made against a county council whether before or after the passing of this Act under any of the enactments relative to compensation for criminal injuries, the amount recovered shall be a debt due by the council and payable by them on demand, and it shall be the duty of the treasurer of the council on demand to pay the amount out of the moneys under his control as such treasurer, and if those are insufficient, out of the first moneys coming to his hands as such treasurer whether such moneys represent sums raised for compensation for criminal injuries or sums raised for or applicable to any other purpose.

(2) If it appears to the Lord Lieutenant, on representations made by the council and approved by the Local Government Board, that, having regard to the rateable value of the area off which the amount recovered is to be levied and the circumstances affecting that area, the amount could not be raised by means of a rate in one year without imposing an excessive burden on the ratepayers, the Lord Lieutenant may by order direct that the amount, instead of being payable on demand, shall, as regards the whole or any part thereof specified in the order, be payable by instalments of such sums, payable at such times, not being later in any case than five years from the date aforesaid, as may be specified in the order, and the order may contain such incidental, supplemental, or consequential provisions as appear to the Lord Lieutenant to be necessary or proper, including provisions for immediate payment of the whole amount due in the event of default in payment of any instalments.

(3) Subsection (4) of section one of the Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Act, 1919 , is hereby repealed.

S-2 Deduction of criminal injuries compensation from grants payable to local authorities.

2 Deduction of criminal injuries compensation from grants payable to local authorities.

(1) Where any such decree has been made against a council whether before or after the passing of this Act, the Lord Lieutenant, if, on the application of the person by whom the decree was recovered or of any other person entitled to receive the amount recovered, he is satisfied that the amount recovered or any part thereof remains unpaid and that immediate payment cannot otherwise be obtained, may make an order directing that the amount or part thereof shall be deducted from the sums which but for the order would be payable to the council out of:

(a ) the Local Taxation (Ireland) Account;

(b ) any fund administered by any Government department; or

(c ) any parliamentary grant,

and the deductions shall be made and the sums deducted be applied in payment of the said amount or part thereof accordingly, and, as respects deductions from any parliamentary grant, sums deducted and applied in accordance with the order shall be deemed to have been applied for the purposes for which the grant was voted notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Act.

In this section the expression ‘Government department’ includes the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland, the Irish Insurance Commissioners, the Congested Districts Board for Ireland, the Registrar of Petty Sessions Clerks, and any other public department, and any Minister of the Crown acting as the head of a Government department.

(2) The powers given by the last preceding subsection shall, as respects the Local Taxation (Ireland) Account, be without prejudice to the guarantee fund under the Purchase of Land (Ireland) Act, 1891 of section eighty of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898 .

(3) An order of the Lord Lieutenant under this section may contain such incidental, supplemental, and consequential provisions as appear to the Lord Lieutenant to be necessary or proper, and in particular—

(a ) may prescribe the manner in which the deductions and payments thereby directed are to be made and...

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