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Judical Matters Amendment Act (No. 62 of 2000)

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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, 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.

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