(1) Subject to this section for all the purposes of the laws of the State—
(a) a person who, on or after the day of commencement of this Act attains the age of eighteen years, attains full age and full capacity on attaining that age;
(b) a person, who on the day of commencement of this Act is of or over the age of eighteen years, but under the age of twenty-one years, attains full age and full capacity on that day;
(c) the expression "minor" means a person not of full age.
S. 3(2) amended by No. 12/1989 s. 4(1)(Sch. 2 item 3.1).
(2) This section shall not apply so as to affect the operation or construction of any reference in any Act, proclamation, regulation, by-law, local law, rule or instrument to be an age expressed in years.
(3) This section shall not affect any deficiency of juristic competence or capacity that is attributable to insanity, or mental infirmity, or any other factor as distinct from age.
(4) Where a beneficiary under a will or instrument of trust, who is sui juris, is by law entitled (either individually or in concert with other persons) to require the disposition of property subject to a trust before the time fixed under the provisions of the trust, that right shall be exercisable by a person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years only in respect of a will or instrument of trust executed on or after the commencement of this Act.
(5) For the purposes of subsection (4) and notwithstanding any rule of law, a will or codicil executed before the commencement of this Act shall not be treated as executed on or after that commencement by reason only that the will or codicil is confirmed by a codicil executed on or after that commencement.
(6) Where a person died intestate before the commencement of this Act, the administrator of the estate of the intestate shall not be obliged to distribute any portion of the estate to any person entitled to participate in the distribution before that person has attained the age of twenty-one years.
(7) This section shall not affect any estate, right or interest in any real or personal property to which any person has become entitled absolutely, whether beneficially or otherwise, before the day of commencement of this Act.