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Part 7 : General Provisions

91A. Designation and training of presiding officers

 

(1)

(a) The head of an administrative region defined in section 1 of the Magistrate's Courts Act, 1944 (Act No. 32 of 1944), or the magistrate at the head of a regional division established for the purposes of adjudicating civil disputes in terms of section 2 of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944, must designate in writing any magistrate,  additional magistrate or magistrate of a regional division established for the purposes of adjudicating civil disputes, as the case may be, as a presiding officer of a Magistrate's Court designated by the Minister in terms of section 1 of this Act.

[Section 91A(1)(a) substituted by section 28(a) of Act No. 8 of 2017]

(b) A presiding officer must perform all the functions and duties and exercise the powers assigned to or conferred on him or her under this Act or any other law.

 

(2) [Section 91A(2) deleted by section 28(b) of Act No. 8 of 2017]

 

(3) The heads of administrative regions or magistrates at the head of regional divisions established for the purposes of adjudicating civil disputes, take all reasonable steps within available resources, to designate at least one presiding officer for each magistrate's court within his or her area of jurisdiction which has been designated by the Minister in terms of section 1.

[Section 91A(3) substituted by section 28(c) of Act No. 8 of 2017]

 

(4) [Section 91A(4) deleted by section 28(d) of Act No. 8 of 2017]

 

(5) The South African Judicial Education Institute established in terms of section 3 of the South African Judicial Education Institute Act, 2008 (Act No. 14 of 2008), must develop and implement training courses for presiding officers with the view to building a dedicated and experienced pool of trained and specialised presiding officers for purposes of presiding in court proceedings as contemplated in this Act.

 

(6) [Section 91A(6) deleted by section 7 of Act No. 24 of 2015]

 

(7) [Section 91A(7) deleted by section 7 of Act No. 24 of 2015]

 

(8) The provisions of section 12(6) and (8) of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944 (Act No. 32 of 1944), are applicable with the necessary changes required by the context.

[Section 91A(8) substituted by section 28(e) of Act No. 8 of 2017]

 

[Section 91A substituted by section 7 of Act No. 24 of 2015]