Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977)
Chapter 22 : Conduct of Proceedings
170. Failure of accused to appear after adjournment or to remain in attendance
|(1)||An accused at criminal proceedings who is not in custody and who has not been released on bail, and who fails to appear at the place and on the date and at the time to which such proceedings may be adjourned or who fails to remain in attendance at such proceedings as so adjourned, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to the punishment prescribed under subsection (2).|
|(2)||The court may, if satisfied that an accused referred to in subsection (1) has failed to appear at the place and on the date and at the time to which the proceedings in question were adjourned or has failed to remain in attendance at such proceedings as so adjourned, issue a warrant for his arrest and, when he is brought before the court, in a summary manner enquire into his failure so to appear or so to remain in attendance and, unless the accused satisfies the court that his failure was not due to fault on his part, convict him of the offence referred to in subsection (1) and sentence him to a fine not exceeding R300 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months.|
[Section 170(2) substituted by section 13 of Act No. 33 of 1986]
[Section 170 substituted by section 5 of Act No. 109 of 1984]
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