Magistrates' Courts Amendment Act, No. 120 of 1993
To amend the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944, in order to make provision for the establishment and jurisdiction of civil courts for civil divisions and the appointment of senior civil magistrates for the said courts; to create a separate court structure for the adjudication of civil cases; to further regulate the constitution of the Regional Magistrates Appointments Advisory Board; to provide for the establishment of family courts for the adjudication of divorce actions and the appointment of family magistrates for the said courts; to provide that advocates and attorneys may, in certain circumstances, be appointed as judicial officers; to delete or replace certain obsolete expressions; to emend the Afrikaans text; to replace the short title; and to replace the long title; to amend the Black Administration Act, 1927, the Deeds Registries Act, 1937, the Interpretation Act, 1957, the General Law Amendment Act, 1957, the Attorneys Act, 1979, the Small Claims Courts Act, 1984, the Matrimonial Property Act, 1984, the Rules Board for Courts of Law Act, 1985, and the Short Process Courts and Mediation in Certain Civil Cases Act, 1991, in order to effect certain consequential amendments; to amend the Black Administration Act, 1927, Amendment Act, 1929, in order to abolish separate divorce courts for Blacks; to amend the Divorce Act, 1979, in order to provide for certain procedures in connection with divorce actions; to amend the Mediation in Certain Divorce Matters Act, 1987, in order to empower the Minister of Justice to make the provisions thereof applicable to a divorce action adjudicated in a family court; and to provide for matters in connection therewith.
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