USAMGIK Ordinance 21

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HEADQUARTERS

UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES IN KOREA

Office of the Military Governor

Seoul, Korea

ORDINANCE
NUMBER 21


2 November 1945



SECTION
RETNETION OF LAWS
ENFORCEMENT OF PROCLAMATIONS,
ORDINANCES AND ORDERS
EFFECTIVE DATE OF ORDINANCE


SECTION Ⅰ RETENTION OF LAWS
    Until further ordered, and except as preciously repealed or abolished, all laws which were in force, regulations, orders, notices or other documents issued by any former government of Korea having the force of law on 9 August 1945 will continue in full force and effect until repealed by express order of the Military Korea. All local laws and customs will continue in force until repealed by competent authority The provisions of law with respect to the organization of the General of Korea, the Provincial Government, the cities, town, and villages, including the directors of bureaus, the secretaries of sections of the secretariat, the mayor, county head. police station chief, tax office chief, head of town and village, and their subordinates are continued in force until abolished b competent authority, except as they have been modified or repealed by the orders of the Military Governor. Subject to directives of higher authority, any and all authority heretofore exercised by the Governor-General of Korea may be exercised by the Military Governor.


SECTION Ⅱ ENFORCEMENT OF PROCLAMATIONS,
ORDINANCES AND ORDERS
    All county of Korea south of 38 degrees north latitude shall take cognizance of and enforce all laws of Korea, the provisions of the proclamations of Commander-in Chief, United State Army Forces, Pacific, and all orders and ordinances of the Military Governor of Korea. for such purpose all such courts are hereby constituted Military Occupation Courts. Nothing herein contained shall confer upon such courts jurisdiction over any military personnel of official of the United States or any of the United Nations, or deprive Military Commissions, Provost Courts, or other military courts established by the United States Army Forces in Korea of the jurisdiction Conferred upon them.
      SECTION Ⅲ EFFECTIVE DATE OF ORDINANCE
        This ordinance is effective at midnight 2 November 1945.


      BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
      UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES IN KOREA


      A. V. ARNOLD

      Major General, United States Army

      Military Governor of Korea.

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