to provide for the constitution and organisation of a District Court and subordinate
Courts in the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu.
Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Goa, Daman and Diu in the Sixteenth
Year of the Republic of India as follows:—
- Short title, extent and commencement.— This Act may be called the Goa
Civil Courts Act, 1965.
(2) It extends to the whole of the 3[State of Goa].
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the 4[Government] may, by notification in
the Official Gazette, appoint.
- Definitions.— In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
5 [(a) “Government” means the Government of Goa;]
6 [(b) “High Court” means the High Court of Bombay at Panaji;]
(c) “Official Gazette” means the Goa 7 [ ] Government Gazette;
8 [(d) “State” means the “State of Goa”]
1 The words “, Daman and Diu” deleted by the amendment Act 22 of 2009
2 The words “, Daman and Diu” deleted by the amendment Act 22 of 2009
3 Substituted for the words “the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu” by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
4 Substituted for the word “Administrator” by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
5 Substituted by the amendment Act 22 of 2009
6 Substituted by the amendment Act 22 of 2009
7 The words “, Daman and Diu” deleted by the amendment Act 22 of 2009
8 Substituted by the amendment Act 22 of 2009 Manual of Goa Laws (Vol. I)
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- District Court.— There shall be a District Court for the 9[each District of State of
Goa], presided over by a Judge to be called the District Judge and appointed by the
10 [Government] but the 11 [Government] may from time to time by notification in the
Official Gazette, alter the limits of the District or create new Districts for the purposes of
this Act, in consultation with the High Court.
- Situation of District Court.— The District Judge shall ordinarily hold the District
Court 12[at Panaji or Margao] but may, with the previous sanction of the High Court, hold
it elsewhere within the 13[State of Goa].
- Original jurisdiction of District Court.— The District Court shall be the principal
Court of original civil jurisdiction in the district, within the meaning of the Code of Civil
Procedure, 1908 or any other law for the time being in force.
- Appellate jurisdiction of District Court.— Save as otherwise expressly provided
in this Act, the District Court shall be the Court of Appeal from all decrees and orders
passed by the subordinate Courts from which an appeal lies under any law for the time
being in force.
- Control and inspection of Courts.— (1) Subject to the provisions contained in the
14 [Part IV of the Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act, 1987 (Central Act 18 of
1987)] and the rules made thereunder, the District Judge shall have general control over
all the Civil Courts subordinate to the District Court and their establishment and it shall
be his duty to inspect, or to cause one of his assistants to inspect, the proceedings of all
such Courts. Thereafter the District Judge or an Additional District Judge may give such
direction with respect to matters not provided for by law as he may think necessary.
(2) The District Judge shall also refer to the High Court all such matters as appear to
him to require that a rule of that Court should be made thereon.
- Writs and Orders.— (1) The District Judge shall obey all writs, orders or processes
issued to him by the High Court and shall make such returns or reports thereto under his
signature and the seal of the Court as the exigencies of the case require.
(2) He shall further furnish such reports and returns and copies of proceedings as may
be called for by the High Court or the 15[Government].
- Additional District Judges.— The 16[Government] may appoint one or more
Additional Judges to the District Court who shall be invested with co-extensive powers
and a concurrent jurisdiction with the District Judge, except that an Additional District
Judge shall not keep a file of civil suits or appeals and shall transact such civil business
9 Substituted for the words “whole of the Union Territory”, by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009.
10 Substituted for the word “Administrator” by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
11 Substituted for the word “Administrator” by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
12 Substituted for the words “at Panjim”, by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
13 Substituted for the words “Union Territory”, by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
14 Substituted for the expression “Goa, Daman and Diu (Judicial Commissioner’s Court) Regulation, 1963”, by
Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009 .
15 Substituted for the word “Administrator” by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009.
16 Substituted for the word “Administrator” by Amendment Goa Act 22 of 2009.
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