[11th February, 1887.]An Act to prescribe the mode of valuing certain suits for the purpose of determining the jurisdiction of Courts with respect thereto. WHEREAS it is expedient to prescribe the mode of valuing certain suits for the purpose of determining the jurisdiction of Courts with respect thereto; It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1. Title.-This Act may be called the Suits Valuation Act, 1887 2*[and it extends to the whole of India except the territories which, immediately before the 1st November, 1956, were comprised in Part B States.] PART I SUITS RELATING TO LAND PART I SUITS RELATING TO LAND
2. Extent and commencement of Part I.-This Part shall extend to such local areas, and come into force therein on such dates as the 3*[State Government], by notification in the Official Gazette, directs.4*
jurisdictional purposes. 3. Power for State Government to make rules determining value of
land for jurisdictional purposes.-(1) The State Government may 5*** make rules for determining the value of land for purposes of jurisdiction in the suits mentioned in the Court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), section 7, paragraphs v and vi, and paragraph x, clause (d).
(2) The rules may determine the value of any class of land, or of any interest in land, in the whole or any part of a local area, and may prescribe different values for different places within the same local area.
the value of the land. 4. Valuation of relief in certain suits relating to land not to exceed the value of the land.-Where a suit mentioned in the Court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), section 7, paragraph iv, or Schedule II, article 17, relates to land or an interest in land of which the value has been determined by rules under the --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 This Act has been amended in the Punjab by Punjab Acts 1 of 1938 and 13 of 1942, in the U. P. by U. P. Act 7 of 1939, in Maharashtra by Maharashtra Acts 4 of 1960 and 9 of 1970. This Act has been extended to- Transferred territories in Punjab by Pun. Act 43 of 1960, Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands (w.e.f. 1-10-1967): vide Reg. 8 of 1965, s. 3 and Sch., the Union Territory of Pondicherry by Act 26 of 1968, s. 3 and Schedule and the whole of Madhya Pradesh by Madhya Pradesh Act 23 of 1958 (when notified). This Act has been repealed in its application to- Bombay area amd Coorg district of Mysore by Mysore Act 16 of 1958 and Bellary District by Mysore Act 14 of 1955. This Act has been extended to and brought into force in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (w.e.f. 1-7-1965) by Reg. 6 of 1963, s. 2 and Sch. I. This Act has been repealed in- Andhra by Andhra Act 7 of 1956 and Rajasthan by Rajasthan Act 3 of 1958 2 Added by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956. 3 Subs., ibid., for "Government of a Part A State or a Part C State". 4 Part I of the Act has, under s. 2, been declared to extend to the Punjab, and to come into force therein on the 1st day of March, 1889, see Gazette of India, 1889, Pt. I, p. 107. 5 The words "subject to the control of the G. G. in C." rep. by the A. O. 1937. 6 The provisions of this Act extended to the Union territory of Manipur from 1-1-1957 vide Act 68 of 1956. 100 last foregoing section, the amount at which for purposes of jurisdiction the relief sought in the suit valued shall not exceed the value of the land or interest as determined by those rules.
5. Making and enforcement of rules.-(1) The State Government shall, before making rules under section 3, consult the High Court with respect thereto.
(2) A rule under that section shall not take effect till the expiration of one month after the rule has been published in the Official Gazette.
6. Repeal of section 14 of the Madras Civil Courts Act, 1873.-On and from the date on which rules under section 3 take effect in any part of the territories under the administration of the Governor of Fort Saint George in Council to which the Madras Civil Courts Act, 1873 (3 of 1873), extends, section 14 of that Act shall be repealed as regards that part of those territories. PART II OTHER SUITS PART II OTHER SUITS
7. Extent and commencement of Part II.-This Part 1*** shall come into force on the first day of July, 1887.
suits. 8. Court-fee value and jurisdictional value to be the same in certain suits.-Where in suits other than those referred to in the Court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), section 7, paragraphs v, vi and ix, and paragraph x, clause (d), court-fees are payable ad valorem under the Court-fees Act, 1870, the value as determinable for the computation of court-fees and the value for purposes of jurisdiction shall be the same.
9. Determination of value of certain suits by High Court.-When the subject-matter of suits of any class, other than suits mentioned in the court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870) section 7, paragraphs v and vi, and paragraph x, clause (d), is such that in the opinion of the High Court it does not admit of being satisfactorily valued, the High Court may, with the previous sanction of the State Government, direct that suits of that class shall, for the purposes of the Court-fees Act, 1870, and of this Act and any other enactment for the time being in force, be treated as if their subject-matter were of such value as the High Court thinks fit to specify in this behalf.2*
10. [Repeal of s. 32 of the Punjab Courts Act, 1884 (18 of 1884).] Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1891 (12 of 1891), s. 2 and Sch. I. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 The words "extends to the whole of India except Part B States and" omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956. 2 For rules as to valuation of certain classes of suits under this section, see different local R. and O. 101 PART III SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS PART III SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS
or appeal was not properly valued for jurisdictional purposes. 11. Procedure where objection is taken on appeal or revision that a suit or appeal was not properly valued for jurisdictional purposes.-
(1) Notwithstanding anything in 1*section 578 of the Code of Civil Procedure (14 of 1882), an objection that by reason of the overvaluation or under-valuation of a suit or appeal a Court of first instance or lower Appellate Court which had not jurisdiction with respect to the suit or appeal exercised jurisdiction with respect thereto shall not be entertained by an Appellate Court unless- (a) the objection was taken in the Court of first instance at or before the hearing at which issues were first framed and recorded, or in the lower Appellate Court in the memorandum of appeal to that Court, or (b) the Appellate Court is satisfied, for reasons to be recorded by it in writing, that the suit or appeal was over-valued or under-valued, and that the over- valuation or under-valuation thereof has prejudicially affected the disposal of the suit or appeal on its merits.
(2) If the objection was taken in the manner mentioned in clause
(a) of sub-section (1), but the Appellate Court is not satisfied as to both the matters mentioned in clause (b) of that sub-section and has before it the materials necessary for the determination of the other grounds of appeal to itself, it shall dispose of the appeal as if there had been no defect of jurisdiction in the Court of first instance or lower Appellate Court.
(3) If the objection was taken in that manner and the Appellate Court is satisfied as to both those matters and has not those materials before it, it shall proceed to deal with the appeal under the rules applicable to the Court with respect to the hearing of appeals; but if it remands the suit or appeal, or frames and refers issues for trial, or requires additional evidence to be taken, it shall direct its order to a Court competent to entertain the suit or appeal.
(4) The provisions of this section with respect to an Appellate Court shall, so far as they can be made applicable, apply to a Court exercising revisional jurisdiction under 2*section 622 of the Code of Civil Procedure (14 of 1882) or other enactment for the time being in force.
(5) This section 3*** shall come into force on the first day of July, 1887. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 See now s. 99 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Act 5 of 1908). 2 See now s. 115, ibid. 3 The words "extends to the whole of India except Part B States and" omitted by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956. 102
12. Proceedings pending at commencement of Part I or Part II.- Nothing in Part I or Part II shall be construed to affect the jurisdiction of any Court- (a) with respect to any suit instituted before rules under Part I applicable to the valuation of the suit take effect, or Part II has come into force, as the case may be, or (b) with respect to any appeal arising out of any such suit.