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National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998)

Chapter 7 : Compliance, Enforcement and Protection

Part 3 : Judicial Matters

34H. Jurisdiction


(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other law, a magistrate’s court shall have jurisdiction to impose any penalty prescribed by this Act or any specific Environmental Management Acts.

[Section 24H(1) amended by section 19 of Act No. 30 of 2013]


(2) Where a competent authority is of the view that a more severe penalty could be considered than those penalties referred to in section 49B, the competent authority may request the National Prosecuting Authority to institute the criminal proceedings in the High Court.

[Section 24H(2) inserted by section 19 of Act No. 30 of 2013]