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Coll 25/18 'Orders-in-Council: Qatar: Jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar' [‎59v] (118/635)

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The record is made up of 1 file (314 folios). It was created in 18 Jul 1935-8 Jun 1935. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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(2) Any jurisdiction exercisable by the Chief Court under this
Order in civil matters may be exercised by the Judge of that
Court, either within the limits of this Order or elsewhere.
39. When a suit between persons to whom this Order applies
is filed in the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. shall en
quire Collection of papers folded in half and stitched together to form a gathering of folios. from the several parties whether they desire that proceed
ings shall be instituted in accordance with the Code of Civil
Procedure and the Indian enactments made applicable to Qatar,
or in accordance with local usage, and shall record their
replies.
40 . When any of the several parties desire that the suit shall
be determined in accordance with the Code of Civil Procedure
and other enactments made applicable to Qatar, the District
Court shall forthwith proceed to decide the suit in accordance
with the provisions of such enactments, as far as local conditions
permit.
Nothing in this article shall prevent the District Court from
referring any matter in the progress of a suit which involves a
point of Muhammadan law to a Qazi for a decision, or from
sending any party or witness, being a Muhammadan, to a Qazi
for the administration of an oath; or from referring any matter
in the progress of a suit between parties belonging to the same
community which, in the discretion of the Court, is a fit and
proper subject for the decision of the local leaders of that com
munity, to a punch or jama’at of the leaders of such com
munity; or, in commercial cases, from referring any matter in
the progress of a suit which, in the discretion of the Court,
is a fit and proper subject for the decision of the principal local
merchants to a majlis or jama’at of such merchants.
41 . — (i) The Foreign Jurisdiction (Admiralty) Order in
Council, 1910,( a ) shall apply to Qatar, and the Chief Court
shall have the jurisdiction conferred by Article 4 of that Order,
and the District Court shall be deemed to be a Provincial Court,
and the Registry thereof a District Registry within the meaning
of the said Order.
(2) Admiralty actions commenced in the said Registry shall
be tried in the District Court unless the Chief Court is at the
time sitting within the limits of this Order, or unless all parties
agree that the action shall be tried in the Chief Court sitting
elsewhere than within the limits of this Order.
(3) The duties of the Registrar and of the Marshal, .either of
the Chief Court or of the District Court, under the said Order
shall be performed by such Officers as the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency.
shall direct.
42 . — (1) The District Court shall endeavour to obtain, as
early as may be, notice of the deaths of all persons subject to
this Order leaving property in any place within the jurisdiction
(a) S.R. & O. 1910, No. 1183.

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Correspondence, minute papers, and notes relating to the issue of The Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , 1939. The correspondence is mostly between officials at the Foreign Office, India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , and the Government of India, Foreign and Political Department (later, External Affairs). The papers concern the discussion of the need for the order, its drafting, issue, and distribution, as well as its revision in 1939.

Correspondence with the Shaikh of Qatar, Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], is also included and mostly relates to his wish for assurance of his jurisdiction over Muslim foreigners.

A copy of the order is found on folios 138-153. A copy of the Kuwait Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). is also included, for reference purposes (folios 271-86).

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1 file (314 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 317; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-103 and ff 104-316. These are also both written in pencil and located in the top right corner of each folio. The former have been circled and crossed out, the latter have not been circled.

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