ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Short title
3. Appointment of Registrar and District Registrars
4. Registers and registration
Compulsory Registration of Births and Deaths
5. Application of Part III
6. Duty to notify birth of child
7. Duty to notify deaths
8. General duties of District Registrars
General Provisions relating to Registration
9. Duty of District Registrar on receipt of notice of birth, still-birth or death
10. Birth and death certificates
11. Late registration of births, still-births and deaths
12. Registrar may, on application thereto, alter surnames in births registers
13. Registrar may, on application thereto, alter forenames in births registers
14. Restrictions as to alteration of births, still-births and deaths registered
15. Correction of errors in registers
16. Authorization of High Court to register births, still-births and deaths
17. Rules for applications under section 15 or 16
18. High Court not to be bound by rules of evidence or procedure
19. Registration of person as father of illegitimate child
20. Amendment of birth registration after legitimation of child born out of wedlock
21. Certificate by medical practitioner as to cause of death
22. Determination of cause of unnatural death
23. Affidavits, etc. to be exempt from stamp duties
Act 48, 1968,
S.I. 19, 1974,
S.I. 61, 1974,
S.I. 95, 1974,
S.I. 22, 1977,
Act 3, 1978,
Act 7, 1983,
S.I. 17, 1992,
Act 16, 1998.
An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the registration of births and deaths.
[Date of Commencement: 1st April, 1969]
Introductory (ss 1-4)
This Act may be cited as the Births and Deaths Registration Act.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"authorised person" means, in relation to births or still-births, a Chief or administrative officer, and in relation to deaths, an administrator of the deceased's estate;
"birth" means the issuing forth from the mother at any time of a child who, at any time after being wholly expelled from the mother, breathes or shows any other sign of life, or the issuing forth from the mother of a child, whether dead or alive, after the expiration of the twenty-eighth week of pregnancy;
"married" means lawfully married, whether or not such marriage was celebrated within or outside Botswana, and includes marriage under any system of customary law where the marriage is recognized as being a valid customary marriage under the law of Botswana;
"next of kin" means a spouse, parent, or child of a person in respect of whom a certificate is issued under the provisions of this Act.
"register" means the Births Register or the Deaths Register, as the case may be, maintained by the Registrar in accordance with section 4 or any register of births or deaths, as the case may be, in the custody of the Registrar which was kept under any law in force at any time before this Act came into operation by which provision was made for the registration of births and deaths;
"Registrar" means the Registrar of Births and Deaths appointed under section 3;
"still-born" and "still-birth" shall apply to any child who has issued forth from the mother after the expiration of the twenty-eighth week of pregnancy and did not, at any time after being wholly expelled from the mother, breath or show any other sign of life.
(1) The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette appoint, for the purposes of this Act, any officer in the public service as Registrar of Births and Deaths who shall be custodian of all notices of births and deaths and of all returns, registers and records of any birth or death in Botswana.
(2) The Minister may appoint-
(a) such number of District Registrars as the Minister may deem necessary to exercise, subject to the directions of the Registrar, such of the functions of the Registrar, as the Registrar may direct from time to time; and
(b) such number of Registration Officers as the Minister may deem necessary who shall discharge such of the functions of the Registrar under this Act, as the Registrar may, from time to time direct.
(1) The Registrar shall maintain three registers, to be called the "Births Register", the "Still-Births Register" and the "Deaths Register" respectively, into which shall be entered prescribed details of births, still-births and deaths.
(2) Any such entry shall constitute the registratio
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