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Customs Consolidation Act 1876

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264Claim to be in name of bona fide owners; verified by oath of ownership

No claim or appearance shall be entered to any information filed or exhibited for the forfeiture of any ship or goods seized for any cause of forfeiture in any court or before any justice, unless such claim or appearance be made by or in the real name of the owner or proprietor thereof, describing his place of residence and occupation; and if such claimant shall reside at London, Edinburgh, or Dublin, or within the liberties thereof, oath shall be made by him before one of -the judges of the court in which such information is filed, or before any justice before whom such information shall be exhibited, that the said ship or goods were his property at the time of seizure; but if such person shall reside elsewhere, then oath shall be made by the attorney by whom such claim or appearance shall be entered that he has full authority for such claimant to make or enter the same, and that to the best of his knowledge and belief the same were at the time of seizure the bona fide property of the claimant; and on failure of making such proof of ownership such ship or goods shall be condemned, as if no claim or appearance had been made.

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