New Fines Imposed for Criminal Procedure Act

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Certain changes to fines contained in the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977 have been introduced.

The changes have been identified in a notice published in Government Gazette 36111.

In terms of security by a private prosecutor, the amount now stands at R2500.

The fine that an accused can pay without appearing in court has increased to R5000.

An admission of guilt fine has been increased to R10000.

An admission of guilt fine after having appeared in court now stands at R10 000.

The threshold for compensation stands at R1000 000 for a regional court and R300 000 in respect of a magistrates court.

As regards sentences subject to review in the ordinary course, the fine in the case of a judicial officer who has not held the substantive rank of magistrate or higher for a period of seven years stands at R6000; and R12 000 in the case of a judicial officer who has held the substantive rank of magistrate or higher for a period of seven years or longer.

In another notice, changes have been introduced to the Magistrates' Courts Act of 1944.

The changes affect the fine that the court can impose on a convicted offender.

The new amounts are R120 000 for courts that are not regional courts and R600 000 where the court is the court of a regional division.

In a separate statement, the justice and constitutional development department has extended the closing date for the vacancies of sheriffs advertisements published in the mainstream media in January until 8 February 2013.

In another statement, the department recently indicated that the filling of the vacancies will “contribute to both access to justice and improved service delivery as well as to transformation of one of the least transformed areas of our justice system”.

The 130 posts now being advertised are located in the following provinces: Eastern Cape (27); Free State (21); Gauteng (7); Kwa-Zulu Natal (11); Limpopo (19); Mpumalanga (8); Northern Cape (13); North West (10); and Western Cape (14).

The department described sheriffs as an important interface between the public and the justice system.

Sabinet Cape Town Office