The Suits Valuation Act, 1887
Act No. 7 of 1887
Suits Relating to Land2. Extent and commencement of Part I. - This Part shall extend to such local areas, and come into force therein on such dates, as the State Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, directs. 3. Power for State Government to make rules determining value of land for jurisdictional purposes. - (1) The State Government may make rules for determining the value of land for purposes of jurisdiction in the suits mentioned in the Court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), Section 7, paragraphs (v) and (vi) and paragraph (x), clause (d). (2) The rules may determine the value of any class of land or of any interest in land, in the whole or any part of a local area and may prescribe different places within the same local area. 4. Valuating of relief in certain suits relating to land not to exceed the value of the land. - When a suit mentioned in the Courts fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), section 7, paragraph (iv), or Schedule 11, Article 17, relates to land or an interest in land of which the value has been determined by rules under the last foregoing section, the amount at which for purposes of jurisdiction the relief sought in the suit is valued shall not exceed the value of the land or interest as determined by those rules. 5. Making and enforcement of rules. - (1) The State Government shall before making rules under section 3, consult the High Court with respect thereto. (2) A rule under that section shall not take effect till the expiration of one month after the rule has been published in the Official Gazette. 6. Repeal of section 14 of the Madras Civil Court Act, 1873. - On and from the date on which rules under section 3 take effect in any part of the territories under the administration of the Governor of Fort Saint George in Council to which the Madras Civil Courts Act, 1873 (3 of 1873) extends, section 14 of that Act shall be repealed as regards that part of those territories.
Other Suits7. Commencement of Part II. - This Part shall come into force on the 1st day of July, 1887. 8. Court-fee value and jurisdictional value to be the same in certain suits. - Where in suits other than those referred to in the Court-fees Act, 1870 (XII of 1870), Section 7, paragraphs (v), (vi) and (ix), and paragraph (x), clause (d) Court-fees are payable ad volorem under the Court-fees Act, 1870 the value as determinable for the computation of Court-fees and the value for purposes of jurisdiction shall be the same. 9. Determination of value of certain suits by High Court. - When the subject-matter of suits of any class, other than suits mentioned in the Court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), Section 7, paragraphs (v) and (vi), and paragraph (x), clause (d), is such that in the opinion of the High Court it does not admit of being satisfactory valued, the High Court may with the previous sanction of the State Government, direct that suits of that class shall for the purposes of the Court-fee Act, 1870, and of this Act and any other enactment for the time being in force, be treated as if their subject- matter were of such a value as the High Court thinks fit to specify in this behalf. 10. [Repeal of Section 33 of the Punjab Court Fees Act, 1884 (18 of 1884)] Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1891 (12 of 1891) section 2 and Schedule I.
Supplemental Provisions11. Procedure where objection is taken on appeal or revision that a suit or appeal was not properly valued for jurisdictional purposes. - (1) Notwithstanding anything in section 578 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1882 (14 of 1882), an objection that by reason of the over-valuation or under- valuation of a suit or appeal a Court of first instance of Lower Appellate Court which had no jurisdiction with respect to the suit or appeal exercise jurisdiction with respect thereto shall not be entertained by an Appellate Court unless -
(a) the objection was taken in the Court of first instance at or before the hearing at which issues were first framed and recorded, or in the Lower Appellate Court in the memorandum of appeal to that Court, or
(b) the appellate Court is satisfied, for reasons to be recorded by it in writing that the suit or appeal was over-valued or under-valued, and that the over-valuation or under-valuation thereof has prejudicially affected the disposal of the suit or appeal on its merits.(2) If the objection was taken in the manner mentioned in clause (a) of sub- section (1), but the Appellate Court is not satisfied as to both the matters mentioned in clause (b) of that sub-section and has before it the materials necessary for the determination of the other grounds of appeal to itself, it shall dispose of the appeal as if there has been no defect to jurisdiction in the Court of first instance of Lower Appellate Court. (3) If the objection was taken in that manner and the Appellate Court is satisfied as to both those matters and has not those materials before it, it shall proceed to deal with the appeal under the rules applicable to the Court with respect to the hearing of appeals; but if it remands the suit or appeal, or frames and refers issues for trial, or requires additional evidence to be taken, it shall, direct its order to a Court competent to entertain the suit or appeal. (4) The provisions of this section with respect to an Appellate Court shall, so far as they can be made applicable, apply to a Court exercising revisional jurisdiction under section 622 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1882 (14 of 1882) or other enactment for the time being in force. (5) This section shall come into force on the 1st day of July, 1887. 12. Proceedings pending at commencement of Part I or Parts II. - Nothing in Part I or Part II shall be construed to affect the jurisdiction of any Court -
(a) with respect to any suit instituted before rules under Part I applicable to the valuation of the suit take effect, or Part II has come into force as the case may be; or
(b) with respect to any appeal arising out of any suit.