Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977)
Chapter 18 : Plea of Not Guilty at Summary Trial
118. Non-availability of judicial officer after plea of not guilty
If the judge, regional magistrate or magistrate before whom an accused at a summary trial has pleaded not guilty is for any reason not available to continue with the trial and no evidence has been adduced yet, the trial may be continued before any other judge, regional magistrate or magistrate of the same court.