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Judicial Matters Amendment Bill (B 2B-2003)


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To amend-
• the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944, so as to provide for the disposal of part heard cases by permanently appointed magistrates who vacate the office of magistrate;
• the Administration of Estates Act, 1965, so as to amend the definition of "Master"; and to provide that the Chief Master is subject to the control, direction and supervision of the Minister;
• the Companies Act, 1973, so as to effect a technical correction;
• the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to effect a technical correction;
• the Attorneys Act, 1979, so as to allow a council to exempt an attorney from the attendance of a legal practice management course in certain
• the Right of Appearance in Courts Act, 1995, so as to provide that an attorney that has been granted the right to appear in a High Court may
do so in any court in the Republic;
• the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996, so as to provide for the delegation by the head of a Special Investigating Unit of his or her powers and functions in certain circumstances;
• the Maintenance Act, 1998, so as to further regulate the appointment or designation of officers in the Department as maintenance investigators;
• the Debt Collectors Act, 1998, so as to amend the definition of "debt collector"; to correct an erroneous reference; to provide anew for the
keeping of registers by the Debt Collectors Council; to provide for the cancellation of the registration of a debt collector; and to further regulate
the provisions relating to trust accounts of debt collectors;
• the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, 2000, so as to make provision for the publishing of a code of good administrative conduct by
notice in the Gazette; and to extend the period of time within which the code of good administrative conduct must be made;
• the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000, so as to extend the application of the Act expressly to include
intersexed persons within the definition of sex;
• the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, so as to clarify the provision regarding the surrender of
a person to the International Criminal Court; and
• the Judicial Matters Second Amendment Act, 2003, so as to repeal a redundant provision;
and to provide for matters connected therewith.



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