CHAPTER 29:01
MARRIAGE

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

   SECTION

 

 

 

PART I
Civil Marriages

 

   1.   Short title

 

   2.   Application

 

   3.   Preliminaries of marriage

 

   4.   Publications of banns

 

   5.   Special licence

 

   6.   Protection of minors

 

   7.   Marriage officers

 

   8.   Inquiries to be made by marriage officer

 

   9.   Solemnization of marriage

 

   10.   Formulary to be followed

 

   11.   Registration of marriages

 

   12.   Consecration of marriages already solemnized

 

   13.   Impediments to marriage

 

   14.   Insane person and persons below age

 

   15.   Consent to marriage by minors

 

   16.   Prohibited degree of marriages, etc.

 

   17.   Offences and penalties

 

   18.   Solemnizing marriage of married person

 

   19.   Solemnizing marriage when legal impediments exist

 

   20.   Criminal omissions

 

   21.   False statements

 

 

 

PART II
Registration of Customary, Muslim, Hindu and
Other Religious Marriages

 

 

   22.   Application

 

   23.   Registration of Customary, Muslim, Hindu and other religious marriages

 

   24.   Issue of certificate of registration

 

   25.   Registration of marriages contracted before commencement of Act

 

   26.   Certificate of registration is prima facie evidence of marriage

 

   27.   Ex officio registrars of customary marriages

 

 

 

PART III
General Provisions

 

   28.   Keeping of registers

 

   29.   Appeals to Minister

 

   30.   Regulations

 

   31.   Repeal of Act

 

   32.   Savings

 

   33.   Transitional provisions

 

 

Act 18, 2001.

An Act to make provision for the solemnization and registration of marriages and for incidental matters.

[Date of Commencement: 28th December, 2001]

PART I
Civil Marriages (ss 1-21)

 

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Marriage Act.

 

2.   Application

   This Part shall apply to all marriages solemnized in Botswana except marriages contracted in accordance with any customary law of Botswana or Muslim, Hindu or other religious rites.

 

3.   Preliminaries of marriage

   No marriage shall be valid unless within a period of not more than three months previous to its solemnization banns have been published under section 4 or a special licence has been obtained under section 5.

 

4.   Publications of banns

   Banns may be published either-

 

   (a)   in public in the ordinary manner in three successive weeks during divine service in a church or other building habitually used for public worship by a congregation to which one or both of the parties to the intended marriage belong and in a district in which one or both of such parties reside; or

 

   (b)   by posting them up for a period covering three successive weeks in a conspicuous place to which the public have access at the office of an administrative officer in the district in which one or both of the parties to the intended marriage reside.

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