Sections Particulars
Part I Preliminary
1 Short title and extent
(1) This Act may be called the Prisoners Act, 1900. 2[(2) It extends to the whole of India except the territories which, immediately before the 1st. November, ...
2 Definition
In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,- (a) "Court" includes a Coroner and officer lawfully exercising civil, criminal or ...
Part II General
3 Officer in charge of prisons to detain persons duly committed to their custody
The officer incharge of a prison shall receive and detain all persons duly committed to his custody, under this Act or otherwise, by any Court, according to t...
4 Officers in charge of prisons to return writs, etc., after execution of discharge
The officer in charge of a prison shall forthwith, after the execution of very such writ, under or warrant as aforesaid other than a warrant of commitment for...
Part III Prisoners In The Presidency-Towns
5 Warrant, etc., to be discharged to Police officers
Every writ or warrant for the arrest of any person issued by the High Court in the exercise of its ordinary, extraordinary or other criminal jurisdiction shal...
6 Power for State Government to appoint Superintendents of presidency prisons
The 4[State Government] may appoint officers who shall have authority to receive and detain prisons committed to there custody under this Part. Any officer so...
7 Delivery of persons sentenced to imprisonment or death by High Court
Where any person is sentenced by High Court in the exercise of its original criminal jurisdiction to imprisonment or to death, the Court shall cause him to be...
8 Delivery of persons sentenced to transportation or penal servitude by High Court
Where any person is sentenced by High Court in the exercise of its original criminal jurisdiction to transportation 6[***] the Court shall cause him to be del...
9 Delivery of persons committed by High Court in execution of a decree or for contempt
Where any persons is committed by the High Court, whether in execution of a decree or for contempt of Court or for other cause, the Court shall cause him to b...
10 Delivery of persons sentenced by Presidency Magistrate
Where any person is sentenced by a Presidency Magistrate to imprisonment, or the committed to prison for failure to find security to keep the peace or to be g...
11 Delivery of persons committed for trial by High Court
Every person committed by a Magistrate, 7[or justice of the Peace] for trial by the High Court in the exercise of its original criminal jurisdiction shall be ...
12 Custody pending hearing by High Court under section 350 of the Code of Civil Procedure of application for insolvency
The High Court may, pending the hearing, under 8section 350 of the code of Civil Procedure of any application for a declaration for a insolvency, cause the ju...
13 Delivery of persons arrested in pursuance of warrant of High Court or Civil Court in presidency-town
(1) Every person arrested in pursuance of a writ, warrant or order of the High Court in the exercise of its original civil jurisdiction, or in pursuance of a ...
Part IV Prisoners Outside The Presidency-Towns
14 Reference in this part to prisons, etc., to be construed as referring also to Reformatory School
In this Part all references to prisons or to imprisonment or confinement shall be construed as referring also to Reformatory School or detention therein. ...
15 Power for officers in charge of prisons to give effect to sentences or certain Courts
(1) Officers in charge of prisons outside the Presidency-town may give effect to any sentence or order or warrant for the detention of any person passed or i...
16 Warrant of officer of such Court to be sufficient authority
A warrant under the official signature of an officer of such Court or tribunal as is referred to in section 15 shall be sufficient authority for holding any p...
17 Procedure where officer in charge of person doubts the legality of warrant sent to him for execution under this Part
(1) Where an officer in charge of person doubts the legality of warrant or order sent to him for execution under this Part or the competency of the person who...
18 Execution in the State of certain capital sentences not ordinarily executed there
(1) Where a 10[court established by the authority of the Central Government] executing, in or with respect to territory beyond the limit of 11[the states] jur...
Part V [Repealed by the Criminal Law (Removal of Discrimination) Act, 1949, with effect from 6th. April, 1949]
Part VI Removal Of Prisoners
28 References in this Part to prisons etc., to be constructed as referring also to Reformatory Schools
In this Part, all reference to prisons or to imprisonment or confinement shall be construed as referring also to Reformatory Schools or to detention therein. ...
29 Removal of prisoners
(1) The 4[State Government] may, by general or special order, provide for the removal of any prisoner confined in a prison- (a) under sentence of death, or (b...
30 Lunatic prisoners how to be dealt with
(1) Where it appears to the 4[State Government] that any person detained or imprisoned under any order or sentence of any Court is of unsound mind, the 4[Stat...
31 [Repealed by Amending Act, 1903]
Part VII Persons Under Sentence Of Transportation
32 Appointment of places for confinement of persons under transportation and removal thereto
24[(1)] The 4[State Government ] may appoint place within the 14[State] to which person under sentence of transportation shall be sent; and the 4[State Govern...
Part VIII Discharge Of Prisoners
33 Release on recognizance, by order of High Court, of prisoner recommended for pardon
26[Any Court which is a High 27[for Part A State]], may in case in which it has recommended to 28[Government] the granting if a free pardon to any prisoner, p...
Part IX Provision For Requiring The Attendance Of Prisoners And Obtaining Their Evidence
34-52 [Repealed by the Prisoners (Attended in Courts) Act, 1955]
53 [Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1914]
The First Schedule [Repealed by the Prisoners (Attendance in Courts) Act, 1955]
The Second [Repealed the Prisoners (Attendance in Courts) Act, 1955]
The Third Schedule [Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1914]
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