Judicial Matters Amendment Act 62 of 2000

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62 of 2000

The Judicial Matters Amendment Act 62 of 2000 intends:

  • to amend the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944, so as to further regulate the appointment of judicial officers;
  • to amend the General Law Amendment Act, 1955, so as to remove a reverse onus;
  • to amend the Stock Theft Act, 1959, so as to provide anew for the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts in respect of sentence;
  • to amend the Supreme Court Act, 1959 [repealed in 2013], consequentially;
  • to amend the Administration of Estates Act, 1965, so as to substitute an obsolete expression;
  • to amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as:
    • to delete a definition;
    • to further regulate the hearing of bail proceedings;
    • to repeal an obsolete provision; to effect certain consequential amendments; and
    • to further regulate the granting of bail;
  • to amend the Attorneys Act, 1979, so as:
    • to insert a new definition and to substitute another;
    • to provide for the recovery of costs by law clinics; and
    • to make new provision regarding the constitution and quorum of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Board of Control;
  • to amend the Rules Board for Courts of Law Act, 1985, so as:
    • to delete a certain definition;
    • to further regulate the powers of the Rules Board for Courts of Law; and
    • to effect certain technical changes;
  • to amend the Game Theft Act, 1991, so as to make new provision regarding the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts in respect of sentence;
  • to amend the Magistrates Act, 1993, so as to make new provision for the composition of the Magistrates Commission;
  • to amend the Magistrates' Courts Amendment Act, 1993, so as to repeal an obsolete provision;
  • to amend the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996, so as:
    • to further regulate legal representation on behalf of a Special Investigating Unit; and
    • to further regulate the powers and functions of a Special Tribunal;
  • to amend the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997, so as:
    • to further regulate the imposition of minimum sentences for certain serious offences; so as:
    • to further regulate the committal of an accused for the imposition of sentence by a High Court after conviction in a regional court; and
    • to provide that the court of a regional division retains its jurisdiction to try offences referred to in Part I of Schedule 2 to that Act; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith. ¬†

Commencement

  • 23 March 2001, except s. 35 (Gazette 22159 of 23 March 2001)
  • 21 June 2002, S. 35: (Gazette 23548 of 21 June 2002)

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