Know your Laws: Taking possession of lost property

Know your Laws: Taking possession of lost property

PERSON TAKING POSSESSION OF LOST THING TO DELIVER IT TO OWNER OR TO LAWFUL AUTHORITY

SECTION 437 OF CRIMINAL CODE OF ST. LUCIA 2008

(1)     A person who takes possession of anything which appears to be of some value, and to have been lost by another person, shall, within 48 hours or so soon as may be reasonably practicable, after taking possession of it, deliver it to its owner, if known, or a magistrate or police officer or any other person authorised by law to receive such thing.

(2)     A person who contravenes subsection (1) of this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for 3 months.

(3)     Nothing in this section relieves any person of any liability to punishment for the offence of theft and handling if his or her actions amount to any such offence.

(4)     It is the duty of the police to restore the lost property to its owner, if known.

(5)     Unless otherwise provided by regulations made by the Cabinet, if no application is made by the real owner for the recovery of the property within the 3 months after its delivery to the police, the property may be sold by the police and the proceeds of the sale shall be paid into the Treasury for the public uses of the State.

(6)     Unless otherwise provided by regulations made by the Cabinet, the finder of lost property who deals with it in accordance with the provisions of this section, is entitled to a reward not exceeding 1/8 part of the assessed value of such property or of the proceeds of the sale of such property.
“We, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would like to encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power”.

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