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Architects Act 1991

Chapter 12 - Part 8 & 9

PART VIII
GENERAL

Section 32 -
Application of fees received by Board

32.- (1) All fees payable under this Act shall be paid to the Board to be applied in the first place to defraying expenses of registration and other expenses of the administration of this Act, including any expenses of the Board that may be allowed under any rules and thereafter to providing scholarships and the promotion of learning and education in connection with architecture.

(2) The Registrar shall take and receive all moneys payable to the Board under this Act.

(3) All fees and other moneys payable to the Board under this Act shall be paid forthwith into a bank account approved by the Board.

(4) The Board may invest its moneys in accordance with the standard investment power of statutory bodies as defined in section 33A of the Interpretation Act (Cap 1).

(5) The Board shall keep full and proper accounts of all moneys received and expended by it and the accounts shall be audited by an auditor approved by the Minister.

(6) The Board shall, as soon as practicable after the end of each accounting year, but not later than 3 months from the end of that year unless the Minister otherwise authorises in writing, submit to the Minister a report of its functions, proceedings and activities during the preceding year.

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Section 33 -
Powers of Board and Investigation Committee
to required attendance of witnesses, etc.

33.- Repealed by Act 28 of 2005, wef 01/12/2005.

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Section 34 -
Penalty for wilful falsification of register and wrongfully procuring registration, etc.

34. Any person who -

(a) wilfully makes or causes to be made any false entry in or any falsification of any register kept and maintained under this Act;

(b) wilfully procures or attempts to procure -

(i) for any corporation, partnership or limited liability partnership a licence; or

(ii) for himself or any other person a practising certificate or to be registered as an architect under this Act, by making or producing or causing to be made or produced any false or fraudulent representation or declaration, either verbally or in writing, or by intentionally suppressing any material fact and furnishing information which is misleading; or

(c) knowingly aids or assists in any of the acts mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

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Section 35 -
Offences by bodies corporate, etc.

35.- Where a corporation, partnership, limited liability partnership or unincorporated association of persons is guilty of an offence under this Act and that offence is proved to have been committed with the authority, consent or connivance of any director, manager, partner, secretary or other similar officer of the corporation, partnership, limited liability partnership or association or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he, as well as the corporation, partnership, limited liability partnership or association shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

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Section 36 -
Exemption

36.- (1) The Minister may, by order and subject to such conditions as he thinks fit, exempt any person or class of persons from all or any of the provisions of this Act.

(2) Any order made under this section shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.

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Section 37 -
No action in absence of bad faith or malice

37. No action or proceedings shall lie against the Board, any committee appointed by the Board under this Act, or any member thereof for any act or thing done under this Act unless it is proved to the court that the act or thing was done in bad faith or with malice.

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Section 38 -
Rules

38. - (1) The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act and for any matter which is required under this Act to be prescribed.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make rules -

(a) prescribing forms of applications under this Act and certificates of registration, practising certificates and licences;

(b) prescribing the fees payable under this Act;

(c) prescribing the subject-matter of examinations to be conducted by or under the direction of the Board in the case of applicants or class of applicants for registration;

(d) prescribing the form in which the register of architects, register of practitioners and register of licensees are to be kept and the particulars to be entered therein;

(e) prescribing a code of professional conduct and ethics;

(f) requiring all or any of the following to take out and maintain insurance against liability for breach of professional duty in the course of supplying architectural services:

(i) any partnership consisting wholly of registered architects;

(ii) any partnership or unlimited corporation applying for a licence;

(iii) any registered architect applying for a practising certificate for the purpose of engaging in the practice of architecture on his own account;

(iv) any registered architect applying for a practising certificate who is employed or about to be employed by any person or body referred to in sub-paragraphs (i) to (iii);

(v) any other registered architect applying for a practising certificate;

(g) prescribing the terms and conditions of insurance against professional liability under this Act or rules, including a minimum limit of indemnity; and

(h) generally providing for such other matters as may be necessary or expedient for carrying out the provisions of this Act.

(3) All rules made under this section shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.

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