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Friendly Societies Act 1974

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28Duty of officers of registered societies and branches to account

(1)Every officer of a registered society or branch having the receipt or charge of money shall—

(a)at such times as he is required to do so by the rules of the society or branch, or

(b)on demand, or

(c)on notice in writing requiring him to do so given or left at his last or usual place of residence,

render an account as may be required by the society or branch, or by the trustees or committee of the society or branch, to be examined and allowed or disallowed by them and shall, on demand or on notice as in paragraph (c) above, pay over all sums of money and deliver all property in his hands or custody to such person as the society or branch, or the committee or the trustees, may appoint.

(2)In case of any neglect or refusal to deliver the account or to pay over the sums of money or to deliver the property in accordance with subsection (1) above, the trustees or authorised officers of the society or branch—

(a)may sue upon any bond or security given under section 27 above; or

(b)may apply to the county court or to a magistrates' court and, notwithstanding anything in section 108 of the County Courts Act 1959 (appeals on questions of law, etc.), the order of the county court or magistrates' court shall be final and conclusive.

(3)In its application to Scotland, this section shall have effect as if, for subsection (2)(b) above, there were substituted the following:—

(b)may apply to the sheriff and, notwithstanding anything in section 62 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Scotland) Act 1954, the order of the sheriff shall be final and conclusive..

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