Vanuatu Consolidated Legislation - 1988
Commencement: 16 December l934
LAWS OF THE REPUBLIC OF VANUATU
REVISED EDITION 1988
JR 9 of 1934
JR 6 of 1962
JR 17 of 1972
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
2. Definition of gambling
3. Places in which gambling is prohibited
4. Penalty for gambling
13. Chain-letters unlawful
To prohibit gambling within the territories and waters of Vanuatu.
PROHIBITION OF GAMBLING
1. Gambling is prohibited within the territory and waters of Vanuatu.
DEFINITION OF GAMBLING
(a) on any public thoroughfare or in any public place to which the public have access whether of right or not;
(b) in any place such as defined by section 3, where gambling takes place.
PLACES IN WHICH GAMBLING IS PROHIBITED
PENALTY FOR GAMBLING
PENALTY FOR KEEPING OR MANAGING PLACE FOR GAMBLING
PENALTY FOR PROVIDING MONEY FOR GAMBLING
PENALTY FOR SECOND OFFENCE
7. On an offender convicted of a second offence the maximum penalty shall be imposed.
POWER OF SEARCH
POWER TO CONFISCATE MONEY AND ARTICLES
OFFENCE OF OBSTRUCTING OFFICIAL
AUTHORITY TO GAMBLE
(2) Such persons shall immediately inform the Police of any dispute or disturbance that may cause a breach of the peace. The Police may then, if they consider it necessary, terminate such play forthwith.
(3) On any breach of the conditions of the authority to play such games of chance the authority shall be withdrawn and any future application shall be refused and the offenders liable to the penalties prescribed by this Act.
12. Nothing in this Act shall make it an offence to play whether for a stake or not-
(a) a game in any recognised hotel or boarding house:
Provided that the playing of such a game is not of the nature of public gambling;
(b) any game which is also an athletic exercise.
13. (1) Every chain-letter game or scheme is hereby declared to be unlawful.
(2) For the purpose of this section, the expression "chain-letter game or scheme" shall include every game or scheme whereby it is intended that any person shall receive a letter or other communication inviting or soliciting him to pay out some valuable consideration to any other person or persons and to send further letters or communications of a similar nature to other persons in the hope or expectations of thereby receiving some gain or profit.
(3) Any person who shall promote, further, manage, administer, advertise or conduct a chain-letter game or scheme shall be guilty of an offence punishable on conviction by a fine not exceeding VT100,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(4) Any person who, not being the promoter or manager or concerned in the administration of a chain-letter scheme, shall send any letter to any other person in participation in a chain-letter scheme shall be guilty of an offence punishable on conviction by a fine not exceeding VT100,000.
(5) The Director of Posts and every official of the Post Office are hereby authorised to refuse to accept for transmission by mail any letter which is or which he has reasonable cause to suspect may be a letter sent in furtherance of a chain-letter game or scheme.