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

Chapter 27 : Previous Convictions

273. Evidence of further particulars relating to previous conviction


Whenever any court in criminal proceedings requires particulars or further particulars or clarification of any previous conviction admitted by or proved against an accused at such proceedings—

(a) any telegram purporting to have been sent by the officer commanding the South African Criminal Bureau or by any court within the Republic; or
(b) any document purporting to be certified as correct by the officer referred to in paragraph (a) or by any registrar or clerk of any court within the Republic or by any officer in charge of any prison within the Republic,

and which purports to furnish such particulars or such clarification, shall, upon the mere production thereof at the relevant proceedings be admissible as prima facie proof of the facts contained therein.