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Judicial Matters Amendment Act, No. 42 of 2013
To amend the Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1944, so as to bring the Afrikaans text relating to causes of action over which magistrates’ courts have jurisdiction in line with that of the English text; to further regulate the jurisdiction of magistrates’ courts in line with a decision of the Constitutional Court; the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to effect certain textual corrections; and to further regulate the provisions relating to the expungement of certain criminal records; the Attorneys Act, 1979, so as to further regulate the constitution and the powers of the board of control of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund; the Small Claims Courts Act, 1984, so as to further regulate the appointment of commissioners; the Judicial Service Commission Act, 1994, so as to allow the Chairperson of the Judicial Conduct Committee to delegate certain powers or functions to an acting Chairperson; to further regulate the election of an acting Chairperson of the Judicial Conduct Committee; to provide for the referral of a complaint to the Deputy Chief Justice; to provide that the Minister may make regulations regarding witness fees; and to effect certain textual corrections; the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997, so as to exclude persons under the age of 18 years from the operation of that Act; the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000, so as to extend the time periods within which to bring court applications; the Children’s Act, 2005, so as to allow for information in the National Child Protection Register to be made available in the case of applications for the expungement of certain criminal records; the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007, so as to effect certain textual corrections; to allow for information in the National Register for Sex Offenders to be made available in the case of applications for the expungement of certain criminal records; and to further regulate the issuing of directives by the National Director of Public Prosecutions; the Child Justice Act, 2008, so as to further regulate the reporting of any injury sustained or severe psychological trauma suffered by a child while in police custody; to further regulate the holding of preliminary inquiries; to effect certain textual corrections; to further regulate the automatic review of children in certain cases; and to further regulate the expungement of records of certain convictions of children; and the Reform of Customary Law of Succession and Regulation of Related Matters Act, 2009, so as to effect certain textual corrections; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
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