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Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 18 of 1950

  • Schedules
  • Act nº 18 of 1950



[Act No, 18 of 1950]

[10th March, 1950]

PREAMBLE An Act to confer upon special criminal Courts, constituted by or under certain State laws, jurisdiction to try offences against laws with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the Union List.

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows:--

Section 1. Short title and extent

This Act may be called The Special Criminal Courts (Jurisdiction) Act, 1950.

(2) It extends to the whole of India except1[the territories which, immediately before the 1st November, 1956, were comprised in Part BStates].

1. Substituted for "Part BStates" by 3 A.L.O., 1956(w.r.e.f. 1-11-1956).

Section 2. Definition

In this Act, "special Criminal Court" means any special Court of criminal jurisdiction constituted by or under any law included in the Schedule.

Section 3. Jurisdiction of special Criminal Courts to try offences with respect to matters in the Union List

Notwithstanding anything contained in law for the time being in force, it shall be lawful for any special Criminal Court to try offences against laws with respect to any of the matters enumerated in List I in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, if such court is otherwise competent to try such offence under the law constituting it.

Section 4. Power to add to Schedule

The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, add to the Schedule any other State law providing for the trial of offences by special Criminal Courts, and any such addition shall take effect as if such law had been included in the Schedule by this Act.

Section 5. Repeal of Ordinance

(1) The Special Criminal Courts (Jurisdiction) Ordinance, 1950, is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken in the exercise of any power conferred by or under the said Ordinance shall be deemed to have been done or taken in the exercise of the powers conferred by or under this Act as if this Act were in force on the day on which such thing was done or action was taken.


The Schedule


(See section 2)



Short title



The Bombay Public Security Measures Act, 1947



The Central Provinces and Berar Public Safety Act, 1948.1



The West Bengal Special Courts Ordinance, 1949

2 [1950


The West Bengal Special Courts Act, 1950]

3 [1950


The Assam Special Courts Act, 1950.]

4 [1949


The West Bengal Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1949.]

5 [1952


The Tribunals of Criminal Jurisdiction Ordinance, 1952.]

6 [1952


The Tribunals of Criminal Jurisdiction Act, 952 (W.B . Act XIV of 1952).]

1. This Act is repealed by the M. P. Public Security Measures Act, 1950 (M. P. 23 of 1950).

2. Added by Notification No. S.R.O. 12, dated 18th April, 1950, Now repealed by W. B. Ordinance 1 of 1952.

3. Added by Notification No. S.R.O. 29, dated 29th April, 1950.

4. Added by Notification No. S.R.O. 117, dated 6th June, 1950.

5. Added by Notification No. S.R.O. 672, dated 15th April, 1952, 661.

6. Added by S.R.O. 1588, dt. 13-9-1952.