The Prize Act 1939 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[1][2] It extended prize law from ships and goods carried by them to aircraft and goods carried in them, both in flight and on land, amending the Naval Prize Act 1864 but identifying twelve sections of it that did not apply to aircraft (Section 1 and Schedule Parts I and II).[1] Prize courts to administer them could be set up in any British possession or protectorate or any British League of Nations mandate (Section 2).[1] The Act itself extended to the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Australia, New Zealand, British India, British Burma, Newfoundland and every other British colony, protectorate and mandate.[1] The Act has no outstanding effects, though its application to India and Burma was only formally repealed by s. 1 Sch. 1 Pt. 2 of the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1995.

Prize Act 1939
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to apply prize law to aircraft; to amend and explain the enactments relating to prize; and to provide for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Citation2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 65
Introduced bySir Donald Somervell (Commons)
Royal assent1 September 1939


  1. ^ a b c d "Act as enacted".
  2. ^ Clive Parry, 'The Prize Act, 1939', The Modern Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Apr., 1940), pp. 298-302