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53° Georgii III. Cap. CXII

An Act to enlarge the Time for commencing Prosecutions for Forfeitures under certain Acts relating to the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

[l0th July 1813.]

46 G.3. c.52

47 G.3. Sess. 1. c.36.

Further time allowed for commencing Actions, Suits, &c. for Offences against Acts for Abolition of Slave Trade.
'WHEREAS by an Act passed in the Forty sixth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled An Act to prevent the Importation of Slaves, by any of His Majesty's Subjects into any Islands, Colonies, Plantations or Territories belonging to any Foreign Sovereign, State or Power; and also to render more effectual a certain Order made by His Majesty in Council, on the Fifteenth Day of August One thousand eight hundred and five, for prohibiting the Importation of Slaves (except in certain cases) into any of the Settlements, Islands, Colonies or Plantations, on the Continent of America, or in the West Indies, which have been surrendered to His Majesty's Arms during the present War; and to prevent the fitting out of Foreign Slave Ships from the British Ports: And whereas by another Act passed in the Forty seventh Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade; various Penalties are imposed on Persons offending against the Provisions of the said Acts respectively; and the Ships or Vessels and Boats employed in such Offences, and the Goods, Wares, Merchandizes and Commodities on board the same, are, in various cases, subjected to Forfeiture, and to be seized and prosecuted as forfeited: And whereas the time limited by Law for Prosecutions, in such cases, is found by Experience to be too short, in respect of Offences committed against the said Acts:' Be it therefore 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 of the same, That all Actions, Suits, Bills, Indictments or Informations, for the Recovery of any of the Penalties or Forfeitures provided or imposed by the said Acts of the Forty sixth and Forty seventh Years of the Reign of His said Majesty, or either of them, and which shall be incurred after the passing of this Act, may be commenced, had, brought, sued, exhibited or prosecuted, at any time within Three Years after the Offence committed, by reason whereof such Penalty or Forfeiture shall be incurred; any thing in this or the said recited Acts, or in any other Act contained to the contrary thereof notwithstanding.

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