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FORGERY ACT 1861

UK Public General Acts

Version 01/02/1991

1861 CHAPTER 98 24 and 25 Vict

Default Geographical Extent: E+W+N.I.


  • As to falsely acknowledging recognizances, &c.:–
  • As to forging registers of births, marriages, and deaths:—
  • Version 01/02/1991

Introductory Text

Forgery Act 1861

1861 CHAPTER 98 24 and 25 Vict

An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of England and Ireland relating to indictable Offences by Forgery.

[6th August 1861]

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1 Short title given by Short Titles Act 1896 (c. 14)

C2 Preamble omitted under authority of Statute Law Revision Act 1892 (c. 19)

C3 References to penal servitude to be construed as references to imprisonment and references to penal servitude for life to be construed as references to imprisonment for life or any shorter term: Criminal Justice Act 1948 (c. 58), s. 1(1)

C4 This Act is not necessarily in the form in which it has effect in Northern Ireland

C5 Act repealed (E.W.N.I.) so far as unrepealed, except sections 34, 36, 37 and 55 by Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 (c. 45), Sch. Pt. 1


1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F1

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1 Ss. 1, 2 repealed by Forgery Act 1913 (c. 27), Sch. Pt. I



2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F2

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F2 Ss. 1, 2 repealed by Forgery Act 1913 (c. 27), Sch. Pt. I


3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F3

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F3 S. 3 repealed by Theft Act 1968 (c. 60), Sch. 3 Pt. I


4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F4

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F4 S. 4 repealed by Forgery Act 1913 (c. 27), Sch. Pt. I


[5] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F5 Act repealed (E.W.N.I.) so far as unrepealed, except ss. 34,36, 37 and 55 by Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 (c. 45), Sch. Pt. I


[6 .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6 . . . . . .]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F6 Act repealed (E.W.N.I.) so far as unrepealed except ss. 34, 36, 37 and 55 by Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 (c. 45), Sch. Pt. I


7—27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F7

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F7 Ss. 4, 7–27, 29–33, 35, 38–40, 41 repealed by Forgery Act 1913 (c. 27), Sch. Pt. I



[28] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F8

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F8 Act repealed (E.W.N.I.) so far as unrepealed except ss. 34, 36, 37 and 55 by Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 (c. 45), Sch. Pt. I


29—33. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F9

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F9 Ss. 4, 7-27, 29-33, 35, 38-40, 41 repealed by Forgery Act 1913 (c. 27), Sch. Pt. I


As to falsely acknowledging recognizances, &c.:–


34 Acknowledging recognizance, bail, cognovit, &c. in the name of another.

Whosoever, without lawful authority or excuse (the proof whereof shall lie on the party accused) , shall in the name of any other person acknowledge any recognizance or bail, or any cognovit, actionem, or judgment, or any deed or other instrument, before any court, judge, or other person lawfully authorized in that behalf, shall be guilty of felony, and being convicted thereof shall be liable . . . F10 to be kept in penal servitude for any term not exceeding seven years . . . F11

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F10 Words repealed by Statute Law Revision (No. 2) Act 1893 (c. 54)

F11 Words repealed by Statute Law Revision Act 1892 (c. 19) and Statute Law Revision (No. 2) Act 1893 (c. 54)


35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F12

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F12 Ss. 4, 7–27, 29–33, 35, 38–40, 41 repealed by Forgery Act 1913 (c. 27), Sch. Pt. I