Ordinance Nos,
11 of 1894
35 of 1917
[5th December
, 1894
Short title.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Intermeddlers with Suitors Ordinance.

Offences under this Ordinance.

2. Any person who-

(a) solicits or receives from any legal practitioner any gratification in consideration of procuring or having procured him employment as such legal practitioner ;

(b) retains any gratification, or withholds without just cause a portion, out of remuneration entrusted to be paid to any legal practitioner for such employment;

(c) not being authorized under any law to practise in any court, solicits or receives from any person any gratification in consideration of procuring or having procured the employment of a legal practitioner as such ;

(d) being a legal practitioner, tenders or gives any gratification, or consents to the retention of any gratification, for procuring or having procured the employment as such practitioner of himself or any other legal practitioner,

shall be guilty of an offence, and shall on conviction be punished with a fine not exceeding five hundred rupees.

Legal practitioner convicted under this Ordinance liable to be removed from office.

3. Any legal practitioner who shall be convicted of any offence under this Ordinance shall be liable to be removed or suspended from office by the Judges of the Supreme Court, on the motion of the Attorney-General or Solicitor-General.

Proceedings in court in regard to offences.

4. It shall be competent to any person to prefer to a Magistrate’s Court a complaint or report that an offence under section 2 of this Ordinance has been committed within the territorial jurisdiction of such court, when such court shall proceed with the inquiry as provided in Chapter XVI of the Criminal Procedure Code, and shall in due course forward the proceedings taken in the case to the Attorney-General, whereupon the Attorney-General may, in his discretion, direct the accused to be either discharged or committed for trial before any District Court having jurisdiction, or may make any other order as provided in Chapter XXXVI of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Accosting without proper excuse persons having business actual or prospective in courts an offence.

5. Any person who, without proper excuse, the proof whereof shall lie on him, accosts, or attempts by words, signs, or otherwise to meddle with, any suitor or other person having business, actual or prospective, in any court, with respect to his suit or business, shall be guilty of an offence, and be liable on conviction to be punished with a fine not exceeding one hundred rupees.

Accused may give evidence on his own behalf.

6. Any person charged with any offence under this Ordinance may, if he thinks fit, tender himself to be examined on his own behalf, and thereupon may give evidence in the same manner and with the like effect and consequences as any other witness.


7. In this Ordinance, unless there be something repugnant in the subject or context-

“court” means the Supreme Court, any District Court, Court of requests, Magistrate’s Court or Court of a Municipal Magistrate;

“legal practitioner” means an Advocate or proctor or any person authorized by any law for the time being to practise in any court of Ceylon.

Chapter 29, Volume No. 2 Page No.143.