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Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977)

Chapter 23 : Witnesses

191A. Witness services


(1) The Minister has the power to determine services to be provided to a witness who is required to give evidence in any court of law.


(2) The Minister may make regulations relating to—
(a) the assistance of, and support to, witnesses at courts;
(b) the establishment of reception centres for witnesses at courts;
(c) the counselling of witnesses; and
(d) any other matter which the Minister deems expedient to prescribe in order to provide services to witnesses at courts.


(3) Any regulation made under this section which may result in financial expenditure for the State must be made in consultation with the Minister of Finance.


(4) Any regulation made under this section may provide that any person who contravenes a provision thereof or fails to comply therewith shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years.


(5) Any regulation made under this section must, before publication thereof in the Gazette, be submitted to Parliament.


[Section 191A inserted by section 25 of Act No. 112 of 1998]