The schedule to the Kerala Document Writers` License Rule 1960 specifies the following maximum fees leviable by Document writers and for the service rendered by any scribe attached to their Office (As amended by Notification No.L1/15679/2009 Dated 29.08.2009 with effect from 01.09.2009

No Category Amount
i When the value or consideration specified in the document does not exceeds Rs. 7,500/- Rs. 400/-
ii When such value exceeds Rs. 7,500/- but does not exceed Rs. 12,500/- Rs. 500/-
iii When such value exceeds Rs. 12,500/- but does not exceed Rs. 20,000/- Rs. 600/-
iv When such value exceeds Rs. 20,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 30,000 Rs. 700/-
v When such value exceeds Rs. 30,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 50,000/- Rs. 900/-
vi When such value exceeds Rs. 50,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 75,000/- Rs. 1300/-
vii When such value exceeds Rs. 75,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 1,00,000/- Rs. 1700/-
viii When such value exceeds Rs. 1,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 1,50,000/- Rs. 2000/-
ix When such value exceeds Rs. 1,50,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 2,00,000/- Rs. 3000/-
x When such value exceeds Rs. 2,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 3,00,000/- Rs. 4000/-
xi When such value exceeds Rs. 3,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/- Rs. 5000/-
xii When such value exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 700.000/- Rs. 6000/-
xiii When such value exceeds Rs. 7,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 8,00,000 /- Rs. 7000/-
xiv When such value exceeds Rs. 8,00,000/- Rs. 7500/-
xv For the preparation of a document falling under Article I(v) of the table of fees prescribed under section 78 of the Act. Rs. 200/-
xvi When the schedule of properties contains more than 5 items, besides the fees prescribed above, for every item or part therof an additional fee of Rs. 30/- may be levied
xvii In the case of the following documents,an additional fee of 25% on the fees specified in items(i) to (xv) may be levied.
  1. Agreements relating to immovable property,
  2. Agreements relating to deposit of title deeds, pawn or pledge,
  3. Appointment of the execution of a power,
  4. Awards,
  5. Chitty or Kuri Variola,
  6. Composition deed,
  7. Partition,
  8. Partenership including dissolution of partnership,
  9. Settlement and
  10. Trust
Scribes Fee
Scribes fee will be according to the number of pages copied by him. A fee of Rs. 10/- may be levied for every page or part of a page of the following documents, copied by him, namely (One page means a minimum of 100 words.
  • Original Documents
  • Duplicates
  • Pokkuvaravu and
  • Counterparts of documents
For true copies to be filed, uniform rate of Rs.20 for every page or part of a page of the copying sheets, subject to a minimum of Rs.30 may be levied. (One page means a minimum of 250 words).
A register in Form E and a receipt book with counterfoil in Form F is to be maintained by the Document Writers and shall give receipts for all moneys received on account of work connected with every document prepared by the Document Writer.

Application for Certified Copies is to be submitted in the prescribed form by the applicant along with required stamp paper and fee .The application can also be sent by post. The amount required for stamp paper, fee and postage should be sent by Money Order. Application for Certified Copies for which fee has been paid at double the ordinary rate shall have precedence over those for which the fee has been paid at ordinary rate. Proforma for the application for certified copies is given. (Please see Form No 19)

The Kerala Chit Funds Rules,2012 is available for download from the GO”s and Notification Section

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The special Marriage Act 1954

The District Registrars and Sub Registrars are Marriage Officers as per the Act. The Special Marriage Act extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir and applies also to citizens of India domiciled in the territories to which; this Act extends who are outside the said territories.

Solemnization of special Marriages

A marriage between any two persons may be solemnized under this Act provided the following conditions are satisfied. Namely: –

  1. Neither party has a spouse living
  2. Neither party is an idiot or a lunatic
  3. The male must have completed the age of twenty-one years and female the age of eighteen years.
  4. The persons seeking to marry must not be within the degrees of prohibited relationship.

Notice of Intended Marriages

Both the parties to the marriage should give notice in writing in the prescribed form to the marriage officer of the district in which at least one of the parties to the marriage has been residing for a period of not less than thirty days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given. A fee of Rs. 110/- has to be paid for publication of notice. Notice will be published in the office of the Marriage Officer of the district within whose jurisdiction each of the parties to the marriage is permanently residing. The notice may be presented before the marriage officers by both parties in person or by registered post. In the later case a fee of Rs. 110/- for notice charge should be sent by Money Order. The Performa for the notice is given separately. (Please see Notice of Intended Marriage)

Solemnization of marriage

The marriage can be solemnized on expiry of 30 days after clearing objections if any filed. The validity for the notice is 3 months. Before the solemnization of marriage the parties and three witnesses in the presence of the marriage officer should sign declarations in the prescribed form. The marriage can be solemnized in any form, which the parties may choose to adopt. The marriages can be solemnized either with the office of the Marriage Officer or at such other place within a reasonable distance as the parties may desire. A fee of Rs. 1103/- has to be paid for solemnization. Certificate will be issued on stamp paper if Rs. 50/- produced by the parties on payment of Rs. 220/-

Registration of marriages celebrated in other forms

These provision deals with the registration of marriages already are celebrated in forms other than the special marriage Act. The following conditions should be satisfied for the registration of marriages

  1. The couple must have been married in some other forms and they must have been living as husband and wife ever since such marriage.
  2. Neither party has more than one spouse living.
  3. Neither party is an idiot or lunatic.
  4. The parties should complete 21 years of age at the time of registration.
  5. Both the parties should reside within the jurisdiction of the Marriage Officer for a period of 30 days.

Marriage Registration

On receipt of application signed by both the parties and also after publication of notice the marriage will be registered on the expiry of the notice period of 30 days. Certificate will be entered in the certificate book and shall be signed by the parties to the marriage and three witnesses.
A fee for Rs. 1103/-has to be paid for registration. Certificate will be issued on stamp paper if Rs. 50/- produced by the parties on payment of Rs. 220/-

 

Societies Registration Act 1860

Societies under this Act are registered by the District Registrar on Malabar Area the registration fee is Rs. 25/-

Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act.1955

Societies under this Act are registered by the District Registrars (General) in Travancore area The registration fee is Rs. 100/-

SOCIETIES REGISTRATION ACT

An Act for the registration of literary, scientific and charitable societies
Whereas it is expedient the provision should be made for improving the legal condition or societies established for the promotion of literature, science, or the fine arts, or for the diffusion of useful knowledge, l[the diffusion of political education], or for charitable purposes;

It is enacted as follows :-

  1. Societies formed by memorandum of association and registration
    Any seven or more persons associated for any literary, scientific, or charitable purpose, or for any such purpose as is described in section 20 of this Act, may, by subscribing their names to a memorandum of association, and filing the same with Registrar of Joint-stock Companies 2[***] form themselves into a society under this Act.
  2. Memorandum of association
    The memorandum of association shall contain the following things, that is to say,-
    the name of the society;
    the object of the society;
    the names, addresses, and occupations of the governors, council, directors, committee, or other governing body to whom, by the rules of the society, the management of its affairs is entrusted.
    A copy of the rules and regulations of the society, certified to be a correct copy by not less than three of the members of the governing body, shall be filed with the memorandum of association.
  3. Registration and fees
    Upon such memorandum and certified copy being filed, the Registrar shall certify under his hand that the society is registered under this Act. There shall be paid to the Registrar for every such registration a fee of fifty rupees, or such smaller fees as 3[the State Government] may from time to time, direct; and all fees so paid shall be accounted for to 3[the State Government].
  4. Annual list of managing body to be filed
    Once in every year, on or before the fourteenth day succeeding the day on which, according to the rules of the society, the annual general meeting of the societies is held, or, if it rules do not provide for an annual general meeting, in the months of January, list shall be filed with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies, of the names, addresses and occupations of the governors, council, director, committee, or other governing body then entrusted with the management of the affairs of the society.
  5. Property of society how vested
    The property, movable and immovable belonging to a society registered under this Act, if not vested in trustees, shall be deemed to be vested, for the time being, in the governing body of such society, and in all proceedings civil and criminal, may be described as the property of the governing body of such society for their proper title.
  6. Suits by and against societies
    Every society registered under this Act may sue or be sued in the name of President, Chairman, or Principal Secretary, or trustees, as shall be determined by the rules and regulations of the society and, in default of such determination, in the name of such person as shall be appointed by the governing body for the occasion:
    PROVIDED that it shall be competent for any person having a claim, or demand against the society, to sue the President or Chairman, or Principal Secretary or the trustees thereof, if on application the governing body some other officer or person be not nominated to be the defendant.
  7. Suits not to abate
    No suit or proceeding in any Civil Court shall abate or discontinue by reason of the person, by or against whom such suit or proceedings shall have been brought or continued, dying or ceasing to fill the character in the name whereof he shall have sued or been sued, but the same suit proceedings shall be continued in the name of or against the successor of such person.
  8. Enforcement of judgment against society
    If a judgment shall be recovered against the person or officer named on behalf of the society, such judgment shall not be put in force against the property, movable or immovable, or against the body of such person or officer, but against the property of the society.
    The application for execution shall set forth the judgment, the fact of the party against whom it shall have been recovered having sued or having been sued, as the case may be, on behalf of the society only, and shall require to have the judgment enforced against the property of the society.
  9. Recovery of penalty accruing under bye-law
    Whenever by any bye-law duly made in accordance with the rules and regulations of the society, or, if the rules do not provide for the making of bye-laws, by any bye-laws made at a general meeting of the members of the society convened for the purpose (for the making of which the concurrent votes of three-fifths of the members present at such meeting shall be necessary), any pecuniary penalty is imposed for the breach of any rule or bye-law of the society, such penalty, when accrued, may be recovered in any court having jurisdiction where the defendant shall reside, or the society shall be situate, as the governing body thereof shall deem expedient.
  10. Members liable to be sued as strangers
    Any member who may be in arrear of a subscription which according to the rules of the society he is bound to pay, or who shall possess himself of or detain any property of the society in a manner or for a time contrary to such rules, or shall injure or destroy any property of the society, may be sued for such arrear or for the damage accruing from such detention, injury, or destruction of the property in the manner hereinbefore provided.
    Recovery by successful defendant of costs adjudged : But if the defendant shall be successful in any suit or other proceedings brought against him at the instance of the society, and shall be adjudged to recover his costs, he may elect to proceed to recover the same from the officer in whose name the suit shall be brought, or from the society, and in the latter case shall have process against the property of the said society in the manner above described.
  11. Members guilty of offences punishable as strangers
    Any member of the society who shall steal, purloin, or embezzle any money or other property, or wilfully, and maliciously destroy or injure any property of such society, or shall forge and deed, bond, security for money, receipt, or other instrument, whereby the funds of the society may be exposed to loss, shall be subject to the same prosecution, and, if convicted, shall be liable to be punished in like manner, as any person not a member would be subject and liable to in respect of the like offence.
  12. Societies enabled to alter, extend or abridge their purposes
    Whenever it shall appear to the governing body of any society registered under this Act, which has been established for any particular purpose or purposes, that it is advisable to alter, extend, or abridge such purpose to or for other purposes within the meaning of this Act, or to amalgamate such society either wholly or partially with any other society, such governing body may submit the proposition to the members of the society in a written or printed report, and may convene a special meeting for the consideration thereof according to the regulations of the society;
    but no such proposition shall be carried into effect unless such report shall have been delivered or sent by post to every member of the society ten days previous to the special meeting convened by the governing body for the consideration thereof, nor unless such proposition shall have been agreed to by the votes of three-fifths of the members delivered in person or by proxy, and confirmed by the votes of three-fifths of the members present at a second special meeting convened by the governing body at an interval of one months after the former meeting.
  13. Provision for dissolution of societies and adjustment of their affairs
    Any number not less than three-fifths of the members of any society may determine that it shall be dissolved, and thereupon it shall be dissolved forthwith, or at the time then agreed upon, and all necessary steps shall be taken for the disposal and settlement of the property of the society, its claims and liabilities according to the rules of the said society applicable thereto, if any, and if not, then as the governing body shall find expedient, provided that, in the event of any dispute arising among the said governing body or the members of the society, the adjustment of its affairs shall be referred to the principal court of original civil jurisdiction of the district in which the chief building of the society is situate; and the court shall make such order in the matter as it shall deem requisite.
    Assent required: Provided that no societies shall be dissolved unless three-fifths of the members shall have expressed a wish for dissolution by their votes delivered in person, or by proxy, at a general meeting convened for the purpose:
    Government consent: Provided that 4[whenever any Government] is a member of, or a contributor to, or otherwise interested in any society registered under this Act, such society shall not be dissolved 5[without the consent of the Government of the 6[State] or registration].
  14. Upon a dissolution no member to receive profit
    If upon the dissolution of any society registered under this Act there shall remain, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the said society or any of them, but shall be given to some other society, to be determined by the votes of not less than three-fifths of the members present personally or by proxy at the time of the dissolution, or in default thereof, by such court as aforesaid:
    Clause not to apply to Joint-stock Companies : Provided, however, that this clause shall not apply to any society which has been founded or established by the contributions of share-holders in the nature of a Joint-stock Company.
  15. Member defined
    For the purposes of this Act a member of a society shall be a person who, having been admitted therein according to the rules and regulations thereof, shall have paid a subscription, or shall have signed the roll or list of members thereof, and shall not have resigned in accordance with such rules and regulations;
    Disqualified members : But in all proceedings under this Act no person shall be entitled to vote or be counted as a member whose subscription at the time shall have been in arrears for a period exceeding three months.
  16. Governing body defined
    The governing body of the society shall be the governors, council, directors, committee, trustees, or other body to whom by the rules and regulations of the society the management of its affairs is entrusted.
  17. Registration of societies formed before Act
    Any company or society established for a literary, scientific or charitable purpose, and registered under Act 43 of 1850 7, or any such society established and constituted previously to the passing of this Act but not registered under the said Act 43 of 1850 may at any time hereafter be registered as a society under this Act.
    Any company or society established for a literary, scientific or charitable purpose, and registered under Act 43 of 1850 7, or any such society established and constituted previously to the passing of this Act but not registered under the said Act 43 of 1850 may at any time hereafter be registered as a society under this Act.
    Assent required : Subject to the proviso that no such company or society shall be registered under this Act unless an assent to its being so registered has been given by three-fifths of the members present personally, or by proxy, at some general meeting convened for that purpose by the governing body.
    In the case of a company or society registered under this Act 43 of 18507, the directors shall be deemed to be such governing body.
    In the case of a society not so registered, if no such body shall have been constituted on the establishment of the society, it shall be competent for the members thereof, upon due notice, to create for itself a governing body to act for the society thenceforth.
  18. Such societies to file memorandum, etc. with Registrar of Joint-stock Companies
    In order to any such society as is mentioned in the last proceeding section obtaining registry under this Act, it shall be sufficient that the governing body file with the Registrar of Joint-stock Companies 2[* * *] a memorandum showing the name of the society, the objects of the society, and the names, addresses and occupations of the governing body, together with a copy of the rules and regulations of the society certified as provided in section 2, and a copy of the report of the proceedings of the general meeting at which the registration was resolved on.
  19. Inspection of documents
    Any person may inspect all documents filed with the Registrar under this Act on payment of a fee of one rupee for each inspection; and any person may require a copy or extract of any document or any part of any document, to be certified by the registrar, on payment of two annas for every hundred words of such copy or extract; and such certified copy shall be prima facie evidence of the matters therein contained in all legal proceedings whatever.
  20. To what societies Act applies
    The following societies may be registered under this Act:-
    Charitable societies, the military orphan funds or societies established at the several presidencies of India, societies established for the promotion of science, literature, or the fine arts for instruction, the diffusion of useful knowledge, 1[the diffusion of political education], the foundation or maintenance of libraries or reading-rooms for general use among the members or open to the public or public museums and galleries of paintings and other works of art, collections of natural history, mechanical and philosophical inventions, instruments, or designs.

Foot Notes

  1. Inserted by Act 22 of 1927.
  2. Phrase ‘under Act No. 19 of 1857’ omitted by Act 16 of 1874.
  3. Substituted by the Adaptation of Laws Order, 1950, for the phrase ‘provincial Government’.
  4. Substituted by the Adaptation of Indian Laws Order, 1937, for the words ‘whenever the Government’.
  5. Substituted by the Adaptation of Indian Laws Orders, 1937, for the phrase ‘without the consent of the Government of state of Registration’.
  6. Substituted by the Adaptation of Laws Order, 1950, for the word ‘Province’.
  7. Act No. 43 of 1850 which is the Joint Stock Companies Act, 1850 stands repealed by s. 219 of Indian Companies Act, 1866 (10 of 1866) which was also repealed by the Companies Act, 1956.

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