Volunteer Liability Act 2000

Link to law: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/Laws/Annual%20Laws/2000/Acts/Volunteer%20Liability%20Act%202000.pdf

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Volunteer Liability Act 2000
VOLUNTEER LIABILITY ACT 2000

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BERMUDA
2000 : 27

VOLUNTEER LIABILITY ACT 2000

[Date of Assent 26 July 2000]

[Operative Date 1 October 2000]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1 Citation
2 Interpretation
3 Emergency services or

assistance to person
4 Services or assistance

respecting endangered
property

5 Proceedings to be based
on gross negligence

6 Liability of donor or
distributor of food

7 Commencement

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide protection from liability to
persons who provide emergency assistance or who donate or distribute
food to persons in need.

Be it enacted by The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and
with the advice and consent of the Senate and the House of Assembly of
Bermuda, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

VOLUNTEER LIABILITY ACT 2000

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Citation
1 This Act may be cited as the Volunteer Liability Act 2000.

Interpretation
2 (1) In this Act

"volunteer" means an individual who

(a) renders services or assistance; and

(b) does not receive fees, wages or salary therefor,

whether or not

(c) the individual has special training to render the service;
or

(d) the service or assistance is rendered by the individual
alone or in conjunction with others.

(2) A person who is a volunteer fire officer is not, for the
purpose of subsection (1)(b), in receipt of fees, wages or salary by reason
only of receiving a payment, not made as a result of an employer to
employee relationship, in recognition of services performed by that
person as a fire officer or for performing services customarily rendered by
a volunteer fire officer.

Emergency services or assistance to person
3 Where, in respect of a person who is ill, injured or unconscious
as a result of an accident or other emergency, a volunteer renders
services or assistance at any place, the volunteer is not liable for
damages for injuries to, or the death of, that person alleged to have been
caused by an act on the part of the volunteer while rendering services or
assistance, unless it is established that the injuries or death were caused
by gross negligence on the part of the volunteer.

Services or assistance respecting endangered property
4 Where, in respect of real or personal property in danger, a
volunteer renders services or assistance to protect or preserve the
endangered property, the volunteer is not liable for damage resulting to
the property alleged to have been caused by an act on the part of the
volunteer while rendering services or assistance, unless it is established
that the damage was caused by gross negligence on the part of the
volunteer.

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Proceedings to be based on gross negligence
5 No proceedings shall be commenced against a volunteer in
relation to the rendering of services or assistance under section 3 or 4
unless based upon an allegation of gross negligence.

Liability of donor or distributor of food
6 A person who donates food or who distributes donated food to
another person is not liable for damages resulting from injury, illness or
death caused by the consumption of the food unless—

(a) the food was contaminated or otherwise unfit for human
consumption; and

(b) at the time of donation or distribution of the food, the
person knew that the food was contaminated or
otherwise unfit for human consumption or acted with
reckless disregard for the safety of the consumer of the
food.

Commencement
7 This Act comes into force on such day as the Minister
responsible for health may appoint by notice published in the Gazette.