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Judicial Matters Second Amendment Act (No. 55 of 2003)

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To amend  the  Administration  Amendment  Act, 1929, so as  to  eliminate  any uncertainty  relating  to  the  appointment of presiding officers of Divorce  Courts  in an acting,  temporary  or  permanent  capacity; to amend  the  Insolvency Act, 1936, so as to further  regulate  agreements  providing  for  termination  and  netting of certain unperformed  obligations  and  obligations  in  respect of assets  transferred  as collateral  security  in  the  event of sequestration;  to  amend  the  Prevention of Counterfeiting of Currency  Act, 1965, so as to make  further  provision  regarding the  evidentiary  burden of proof  on an accused  person;  to  amend  the  Criminal Procedure  Act, 1977, so as to  ensure  the  consideration of a  pre-trial  services  report in  respect of bail  proceedings;  to  further  regulate  correctional  supervision  as  a sentencing  option  in  certain  circumstances; to make  provision  for  a  complainant to make  representations  with  regard  to  the  placement of accused  persons  on  parole and to  set  out  the  duties of such  complainant;  and  to  make  provision  for  the submission of a  report  to  Parliament  containing  certain  particulars  in  respect of accused  persons  whose  trials  have  not  commenced  and who have  been  in  custody for  a  particular  period of time;  to  amend  the  Attorneys Act, 1979, so as to provide for  the  mandatory  attendance of a  legal  practice  management  course by certain attorneys;  to  amend  the  Divorce  Act, 1979, so as  to  make  further  provision regarding  pension  benefits  in  respect of the division of assets and  maintenance of parties; to amend  the  Sheriffs  Act, 1986, so as  to effect a  change of name;  to  amend the  Mediation-  in  Certain  Divorce  Matters Act, 1987, so as to  prescribe  the circumstances  in  which  a  Family  Advocate  may  intervene  in  maintenance  and domestic  violence  proceedings;  to  amend  the  Maintenance  Act, 1998, so as to provide  for  the  consideration  by  a  court of the  report  and  recommendations of a Family  Advocate  at  a  maintenance  enquiry; to further  regulate  the  payment of a maintenance  benefit  by  a  third  party;  and to extend  maintenance  orders  by including  maintenance  orders  made by High  Courts  and  Divorce  Courts  in  certain circumstances;  to  amend  the  Domestic Violence Act, 1998, so as  to  provide  for  the consideration  by  a  court of the  report  and  recommendations of a  Family  Advocate; to amend  the  Promotion of Access to  Information  Act, 2000, so as to  extend  the period  within  which  the  South  African  Human  Rights  Commission  must  compile  a guide  to  assist  persons  who  wish to gain access  to information; to make  provision regarding  the exclusion of the  Judicial  Service  Commission  from  the  application of that Act  in  certain  circumstances;  to  extend  the  period of time  within  which  the rules of procedure  must be made; to further  regulate  the  institution of legal proceedings  in  terms of the  Act  in  a  court; to make  provision  regarding  the  failure to  comply  with  certain  provisions of the  Act;  and  to  sanction  the  punishment  for failure to comply  with  certain  regulations; to amend  the  Promotion of Adminis- trative  Justice  Act, 2.000, so as lo adapt  the definition of “administrative  action”;  to   extend  the  period of time  within  which  the  rules of procedure  for  judicial  review must  be  made;  and to further  regulate  the  institution of legal proceedings in terms of the  Act in a  court; to amend  the  Promotion of Equality  and  Prevention of Unfair Discrimination  Act, 2000, so as  to  further  regulate  the  publication of a  notice altering  the  boundaries of an  equality  court;  and  to  make  provision  for  the delegation of certain  powers;  to  amend  the  Cross-Border  Insolvency  Act, 2000, so as to regulate  the  position of legal proceedings  when a notice  designating  a  State  for the  purposes of that Act  is  withdrawn;  to  amend  the  Judges’  Remuneration  and Conditions of Employment  Act, 2001, so as  to  address a technical  problem  during the  enactment of the  Judicial  Officers  (Amendment of Conditions of Service)  Act, 2003; and to make  provision  regarding  pensions  paid  to  retired  judges  and  to surviving  spouses of retired  judges;  to  amend  the  Judicial  Officers  (Amendment of Conditions of Service)  Act, 2003, so as  to  address a technical  problem  during  the enactment of that Act; and  to  provide  for  matters  connected  therewith.

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