1. During the Third Session of the Third Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, Act 24 of 1974 was passed by the House of Representatives on June 7, 1974 and by the Senate on June 25, 1974.
2. This Act of Incorporation of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association was assented to by the Governor-General on July 9, 1974.
3. The Act 24 of 1974 contains provisions of the Constitution of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association and is now quoted hereunder:
1. This Act may be cited as the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association Act, 1974.
2. The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association is hereby created a body corporate by the name of the “Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association” (hereinafter called “The Association”).
3. The aims and objects of the Association are: –
(a) To promote the medical and allied sciences, and to maintain the honour and interest of the medical profession.
(b) To hold of arrange for the holding of periodical meetings of the members of the Association and of the medical profession generally.
(c) To circulate such information as may be thought desirable by means of a periodical Journal, which shall be the journal of the Association, and, by the occasional publication of transactions or other papers.
(d) To grant sums of money out of the funds of the Association for the promotion of the medical and allied sciences in such manner as may from time to time be determined on.
(e) To purchase, take on lease, exchange r hire or otherwise acquire any real and personal property and any rights or privileges necessary or convenient for the purpose of the Association.
(f) To sell, improve, manage, develop, lease, mortgage, dispose of, turn to account or otherwise deal with all or any part of the property of the Association.
(g) To Borrow any moneys required for the purposes of the Association upon such terms and upon such securities as may be determined.
(h) To do all such lawful things as may be incidental or conducive to the promotion and carrying out of the foregoing or any of them.
Provided that the Association shall not support with its funds any object, of endeavour to impose on, or procure to be observed by its members or others any regulation, restriction or condition which, if an object of the Association, would make it a Trade Union.
4. The Association herby created shall have power: –
(a) To acquire by purchase, transfer, donation, exchange, devise, bequest, grant, gift, conveyance or whosoever otherwise; and real or personal property or any estate or interest therein;
(b) to take over any real or personal property of whatsoever nature now vested in any person or persons for and on behalf of the Association shall be, and the same and hereby vested in the Association;
(c) to accept surrenders or re-conveyances and to enter into contract;
(d) subject to any restraints, reservation or condition contained in the document under which it shall have acquired title thereto, to sell, demise, mortgage, or otherwise dispose of and deal with all property which may, for the time being, be vested in or have been acquired by it.
5. All documents requiring the seal of the said Association shall be sealed with the common seal in presence of its President and Secretary for the time being in office, who shall both sign every such document, and such signing shall be prima-facie evidence that the said seal was duly affixed and that the same is the lawful seal of the Association.
6. The Association shall at all times have a fixed address for the service of documents on the Association and that address and any change thereof shall be registered with the Registrar General within twenty-eight days of the date of incorporation or the change of address as the case may be. Every document to be served on the Association may be served by leaving the same at, or by sending the same by registered post to the registered address of the Association.
Failure to register the address and any change thereof is a summary offence and renders the Association liable to a fine of one hundred and twenty dollars and to a further fine of ten dollars for each day during which the offence continues after conviction thereof.
7. The Association may make rules for the proper conduct of its proceedings and discharge of its duties, powers and functions with power to vary or revoke such rules.
8. Nothing in this Ordinance shall affect the rights of Her Majesty, Her Heirs or Successors or of any bodies politic or corporate or of any other persons except such as are mentioned or referred to in this Act and those claiming by, through, from or under them.