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III. Offences under the Marriage Ordinance

Under sections 29 and 30 of the Marriage Ordinance , any person, minister or civil celebrant who, knowing that a written consent from the proper person has not been obtained, marries or assists or procures any other person to marry a person under the age of 21 years who is not a widow or widower commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine at level 5 (currently $50,000) and imprisonment for two years.

Under section 32 of the MO , any person who wilfully removes or alters any notice, certificate, licence or other document kept or filed by the Registrar pursuant to, or for the purposes of, the provisions of this Ordinance shall be liable to a fine at level 5 (currently $50,000) and to imprisonment for six months.

Under section 33 of the MO , any person who knowingly and wilfully celebrates or pretends to celebrate a marriage, not being legally competent to do so, shall be guilty of an offence triable either summarily or upon indictment, and shall be liable to a fine at level 5 (currently $50,000) and to imprisonment for two years.

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