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Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Act 12 of 2021


The Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Act 12 of 2021 was published on 28 January 2022 in gazette number 45822. The Act comes into operation on a date fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.


The long title of the Act describes the purpose of the legislation as follows:

"To amend—

  • the Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1944, so as to provide for the appointment of intermediaries and the giving of evidence through intermediaries in proceedings other than criminal proceedings; the oath and competency of intermediaries; and the giving of evidence through audiovisual link in proceedings other than criminal proceedings;

  • the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to further regulate the granting and cancellation of bail; the giving of evidence by means of closed circuit television or similar electronic media; the giving of evidence by a witness with physical, psychological or mental disability; the appointment, oath and competency of intermediaries; and the right of a complainant in a domestic related offence to participate in parole proceedings;

  • the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997, so as to further regulate sentences in respect of offences that have been committed against vulnerable persons; and

  • the Superior Courts Act, 2013, so as to provide for the appointment of intermediaries and the giving of evidence through intermediaries in proceedings other than criminal proceedings; the oath and competency of intermediaries; and the giving of evidence through audiovisual link in proceedings other than criminal proceedings, and to provide for matters connected therewith."

View a copy of the Act here below:


GG 45822 28 Jan 2022
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Posted: 12 February 2022

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