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Title:Married Women's Property Rights in Sierra Leone: Legislative and Judicial Trends towards Liberalisation - A Historical Survey
Author:Thompson, Bankole
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:married women
property rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
External link:http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/afjincol3&id=370&collection=journals&index=journals/afjincol
Abstract:This article surveys the legislative and judicial trends towards the liberalization of the law governing the property rights of married women under the general law in Sierra Leone away from its rigid English common law antecedents. Historically, the property rights of married women in Sierra Leone date back to 1858 with the enactment of the Matrimonial Causes Act. The climax to a series of liberal enactments since that time was the Imperial Statutes (Law of Property) Adoption Act, 1932. The article further explores the contemporary general law principles as they can be deduced from the case law authorities. It shows that the present position of a married woman, insofar as her property rights under general law are concerned, is considerably better than it was 132 years ago. Today, a married woman can make her own will and own her own property. The article concludes with a discussion of the logical outcome of these developments in the context of family law reform in Sierra Leone. Bibliogr., notes, ref.