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Land Restitution and Reform Laws Amendment Act (No. 78 of 1996)

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To amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994, so as to insert certain definitions; to effect certain textual improvements; to provide that no person shall be entitled to enforce restitution of a right in land dispossessed if just and equitable compensation was paid; to provide for the appointment of certain organisations to advise the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights, to facilitate meetings of interested parties and to mediate and settle disputes; to require the leave of the Land Claims Court for the lodging of a claim in respect of land in certain circumstances; to alter the powers and duties of a regional land claims commissioner; to prohibit a person from selling, exchanging, donating, leasing, subdividing or rezoning land in respect of which a notice in terms of section 11(1) has been published without having given the regional land claims commissioner notice of his or her intention to do so; to provide that certain claims referred to the Court shall be accompanied by a document containing a list of the parties who have an interest in the claim; to prohibit the referral of claims to the Court in terms of section 14 until the Minister has issued certificates in terms of section 15 or has refused to do so; to extend the powers of the Court; to amend the provisions relating to assessors; to provide that gratuities and certain allowances of the President and judges of the Court shall not be taxable; to empower the Minister of Justice with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance to determine allowances for travelling and subsistence expenses incurred by the President and judges of the Court; to clarify the provisions relating to the manner of arriving at decisions of the Court; to provide for the seals of the Court; to provide that the proceedings of the Court shall be conducted in open court; to empower the Court to refer particular matters for investigation by a referee; to prohibit the issue of process against a judge of the Court without the consent of the Court; to provide for judgment by default; to provide for the manner of securing attendance of witnesses or the production of any document or thing in proceedings before the Court; to make special provision for the manner in which witnesses may be dealt with on refusal to give evidence or produce any document or thing; to provide for the examination by interrogatories of persons whose evidence is required in proceedings before the Court; to empower the Minister of Justice to appoint officers of the Court; to make special provision for finances and accountability in respect of the administration and functioning of the Court; to provide for the scope and execution of process of the Court; to provide for offences relating to execution; to provide for witness fees; to provide for the powers of the Court on the hearing of appeals; to provide for the application of Chapter III in respect of the performance by the Court of its functions in terms of other legislation; to express more clearly the provisions relating to the intervention of parties and legal representation; to provide that certified copies of records of the Court shall be admissible as evidence; to express more clearly the provisions relating to the power of the President of the Court to make rules in respect of the procedure of the Court; to empower the Court to make an order for costs against the State or the Commission; to empower the Court to rescind, vary or correct orders and judgments granted by the Court; to clarify the Court's power to review any act or decision of the Minister; to provide for the procedure pertaining to appeals from the Court; to require registrars of deeds to remove certain notes from their records; and to provide that references to judges of the Supreme Court in laws shall be construed so as to include judges of the Court; to amend the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996, so as to include references to inserted sections and to effect certain textual improvements; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

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