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SUPREME COURT ACT 1935 - SECT 30C

30C—Power to award interest

        (1)         Unless good cause is shown to the contrary, the court shall, upon the application of a party in favour of whom a judgment for the payment of damages, compensation or any other pecuniary amount has been, or is to be, pronounced, include in the judgment an award of interest in favour of the judgment creditor in accordance with the provisions of this section.

        (2)         The interest—

            (a)         will be calculated at a rate fixed by the court; and

            (b)         will be calculated in respect of a period fixed by the court (which must, however, in the case of a judgment given on a liquidated claim, be the period running from when the liability to pay the amount of the claim fell due to the date of judgment unless the court otherwise determines); and

            (c)         is payable, in accordance with the court's determination, in respect of the whole or part of the amount for which judgment is given.

        (3)         Where a party to any proceedings before the court is entitled to an award of interest under this section, the court may, in the exercise of its discretion, and without proceeding to calculate the interest to which that party may be entitled in accordance with subsection (2)


of this section, award a lump sum in lieu of that interest.

        (4)         This section does not—

            (a)         authorise the award of interest upon interest; or

            (ab)         authorise the award of interest upon exemplary or punitive damages; or

            (b)         apply in relation to any sum upon which interest is recoverable as of right by virtue of an agreement or otherwise; or

            (c)         affect the damages recoverable upon the dishonour of a negotiable instrument; or

            (d)         authorise the award of any interest otherwise than by consent upon any sum for which judgment is pronounced by consent; or

            (e)         limit the operation of any other enactment or rule of law providing for the award of interest.



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