285 Secretary is corporation sole for certain purposes

(1)

For the purposes of section 284(2), the Secretary, where acting on behalf of a distribution committee, is incorporated as a corporation sole with perpetual succession and a seal of office.

(2)

The corporation is capable of suing and being sued and, for the purposes of section 284(2), may acquire, hold, and dispose of real and personal property and do and suffer all acts and things that a body corporate may do and suffer.

(3)

The seal of the corporation may not be affixed to any instrument or document except in the presence of the Secretary, or an officer of the Department for the time being authorised by the Secretary for the purpose of this section, who must attest by his or her signature the fact and date of the affixing of the seal.

(4)

All courts and persons acting judicially must—

(a)

take judicial notice of the seal of the corporation that has been affixed to any instrument or document; and

(b)

until the contrary is proved, presume that the seal was properly affixed.

Compare: 1977 No 84 s 116T