Comment Sought on Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Draft legislation seeks to add sexual offences to the list of offences that may be prosecuted after 20 years.

The justice and constitutional development department published the Draft Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill for comment.

The draft bill seeks to extend the list of offences where a prosecution may be instituted after a period of 20 years has lapsed since the date of the alleged commission of an offence.

Last year, the South Gauteng High Court asked parliament to amend the act to remove the statute of limitations on sexual offences other than rape.

Comment is invited until 28 February 2018.

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Meanwhile, the department has issued a statement on the International Arbitration Act.

The act was assented to in December 2017.

It seeks to:

•    provide for the incorporation of the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, as adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, into South African law;
•    provide anew for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards;
•    repeal the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Act, 1977;
•    amend the Protection of Businesses Act, 1978, so as to delete an expression; and
•    provide for matters connected there with.

The department points out that the “reforms contained in the Act will position the arbitration regime in South Africa at the forefront of international arbitration best practices.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office