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(2.) A special indorsement specifies the person to whom, or to whose order, the bill is to be payable.
(3.) The provisions of this Act relating to a payee apply with the necessary modifications to an indorsee under a special indorsement.
(4.) When a bill has been indorsed in blank, any holder may convert the blank indorsement into a special indorsement by writing above the indorser's signature a direction to pay the bill to or to the order of himself or some other
person. 35. (1.) An indorsement is restrictive which prohibits the Restrictive further negotiation of the bill or which expresses that it is a
indorsement. mere authority to deal with the bill as thereby directed and not a transfer of the
ownership thereof, as, for example, if a bill be indorsed “Pay D. only,” or Pay D. for the account of X,” or
Pay D. or order for collection.”
(2.) A restrictive indorsement gives the indorsee the right to receive payment of the bill and to sue any party thereto that his indorser could have sued, but gives him no power to transfer his rights as indorsee unless it expressly authorise him to
(3.) Where a restrictive indorsement authorises further transfer, all subsequent indorsees take the bill with the same rights and subject to the same liabilities as the first indorsee under the restrictive indorsement.
36. (1.) Where a bill is negotiable in its origin it continues Negotiation of to be negotiable until it has been (a) restrictively indorsed or overdue or dis(6) discharged by payment or otherwise.
honored bill, (2.) Where an overdue bill is negotiated, it can only be negotiated subject to any defect of title affecting it at its maturity, and thenceforward no person who takes it can acquire or give a better title than that which the person from whom he took it had.
(3.) A bill payable on demand is deemed to be overdue within the meaning and for the purposes, of this section, when it appears on the face of it to have been in circulation for an unreasonable length of time. What is an unreasonable length of time for this purpose is a question of fact.
(4.) Except where an indorsement bears date after the maturity of the bill, every negotiation is primâ facie deemed to have been effected before the bill was overdue.
(5.) Where a bill which is not overdue has been dishonored any person who takes it with notice of the dishonor takes it subject to any defect of title attaching thereto at the time of dishonor, but nothing in this sub-section shall affect the rights of a holder in due course.
Negotiation of bill to party already liable thereon.
Rights of the holder.
When presentment for ac. ceptanco is necessary.
37. Where a bill is negotiated back to the drawer, or to a prior indorser or to the acceptor, such party may, subject to the provisions of this Act, re-issue and further negotiate the bill, but he is not entitled to enforce payment of the bill against any intervening party to whom he was previously liable.
38. The rights and powers of the holder of a bill are as follows:
(1.) He may sue on the bill in his own name :
free from any defect of title of prior parties, as well
against all parties liable on the bill: (3.) Where his title is defective (a) if he negotiates the bill
to a holder in due course, that holder obtains a good and complete title to the bill, and (b) if he obtains payment of the bill the person who pays him in due course gets a valid discharge for the bill.
General duties of the holder. 39. (1.) Where a bill is payable after sight, presentment for acceptance is necessary in order to fix the maturity of the instrument.
(2.) Where a bill expressly stipulates that it shall be presented for acceptance, or where a bill is drawn payable elsewhere than at the residence or place of business of the drawee, it must be presented for acceptance before it can be presented for payment.
(3.) In no other case is presentment for acceptance necessary in order to render liable any party to the bill.
(4.) Where the holder of a bill, drawn payable elsewhere than at the place of business or residence of the drawee, has not time, with the exercise of reasonable diligence, to present the bill for acceptance before presenting it for payment on the day that it falls due, the delay caused by presenting the bill for acceptance before presenting it for payment is excused, and does not discharge the drawer and indorsers.
40. (1.) Subject to the provisions of this Act, when a bill payable after sight is negotiated, the holder must either present it for acceptance or negotiated it within a reasonable time.
(2.) If he do not do so, the drawer and all indorsers prior to that holder are discharged.
(3.) In determining what is a reasonable time within the meaning of this section, regard shall be had to the nature of the
bill, the usage of trade with respect to similar bills, and the facts of the particular case.
41. (1.) A bill is duly presented for acceptance which is Rules as to presented in accordance with the following rules :
for acceptance (a.) The presentment must be made by or on behalf of the and excuses for
holder to the drawee or to some person authorised to non-present.
are not partners, presentment must be made to them
presentment may be made to him only:
his personal representative: (d.) Where the drawee is bankrupt, presentment may be
made to him or to his trustee : (e.) Where authorised by agreement or usage, a presentment
through the post office is sufficient. (2.) Presentment in accordance with these rules is excused, and a bill may be treated as dishonored by non-acceptance(a.) Where the drawee is dead or bankrupt, or is a fictitious
person or a person not having capacity to contract by
bill : (b.) Where, after the exercise of reasonable diligence, such
presentment cannot be effected: (c.) Where although the presentment has been irregular,
acceptance has been refused on some other ground. (3.) The fact that the holder has reason to believe that the bill, on presentment, will be dishonored does not excuse presentment.
42. (1.) When a bill is duly presented for acceptance and Non-acceptis not accepted within the customary time, the person presenting ance. it must treat it as dishonored by non-acceptance. If he do not, the holder shall lose his right of recourse against the drawer and indorsers. 43. (1.) A bill is dishonored by non-acceptance
Dishonor by (a.) when it is duly presented for acceptance, and such an and its conse
non-acceptance acceptance as is prescribed by this Act is refused or
quences. cannot be obtained; or (6.) when presentment for acceptance is excused and the
bill is not accepted.
(2.) Subject to the provisions of this Act when a bill is dishonored by non-acceptance, an immediate right of recourse against the drawer and indorsers accrues to the holder, and no
presentment for payment is necessary. Duties as to 44. (1.) The holder of a bill may refuse to take a qualified qualified ac
acceptance, and if he does not obtain an unqualified acceptance ceptances.
may treat the bill as dishonored by non-acceptance.
(2.) Where a qualified acceptance is taken, and the drawer or an indorser has not expressly or impliedly authorised the holder to take a qualified acceptance, or does not subsequently assent thereto, such drawer or indorser is discharged from his liability on the bill.
The provisions of this sub-section do not apply to a partial acceptance, whereof due notice has been given. Where a foreign bill has been accepted as to part, it must be protested as to the balance.
(3.) When the drawer or indorser of a bill receives notice of a qualified acceptance, and does not within a reasonable time express his dissent to the holder he shall be deemed to have
assented thereto. Rules as to pré
45. Subject to the provisions of this Act a bill must be duly sentment for payment.
presented for payment. If it be not so presented, the drawer and indorsers shall be discharged.
A bill is duly presented for payment which is presented in accordance with the following rules : (1.) Where the bill is not payable on demand, presentment
must be made on the day it falls due. (2.) Where the bill is payable on demand, then, subject to
the provisions of this Act, presentment must be made within a reasonable time after its issue in order to render the drawer liable, and within a reasonable time after its indorsement, in order to render the indorser
liable. In determining what is a reasonable time, regard shall be had
to the nature of the bill, the usage of trade with regard to similar bills, and the facts of the particular
(3.) Presentment must be made by the holder or by some
person authorised to receive payment on his behalf at à reasonable hour on a business day, at the proper place as hereinafter defined, either to the person designated by the bill as payer, or to some person authorised to pay or refuse payment on his behalf if with the exercise of reasonable diligence such person can there be found.
(4.) A bill is presented at the proper place
bill is there presented.
of the drawee or acceptor is given in the bill, and the
bill is there presented.
given, and the bill is presented at the drawee's or
his ordinary residence if known.
wherever he can be found, or if presented at his last
known place of business or residence.
the exercise of reasonable diligence, no person autho-
persons who are not partners, and no place of pay-
place of payment is specified, presentment must be
through the post office is sufficient. 46. (1.) Delay in making presentment for payment is ex- Excuses for cused when the delay is caused by circumstances beyond the delay or noncontrol of the holder, and not imputable to his default, miscon- presentment duct, or negligence. When the cause of delay ceases to operate,
for payment. presentment must be made with reasonable diligence.
(2.) Presentment for payment is dispensed with,
sentment, as required by this Act, cannot be effected. The fact that the holder has reason to believe that the bill
will, on presentment, be dishonored, does not dis
pense with the necessity for presentment. (6.) Where the drawee is a fictitious person. (c.) As regards the drawer where the drawee or acceptor is not bound, as between himself and the drawer, to