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Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 (Act No. 4 of 2000)

Chapter 4 : Equality Courts

19. Rules and court proceedings


1) Except as is otherwise provided in this Act, the provisions of the Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1944 (Act No. 32 of 1944), and the Supreme Court Act, 1959 (Act No. 59 of 1959), and of the rules made thereunder as well as the rules made under the Rules Board for Courts of Law Act, 1985 (Act No. 107 of 1985), apply with the necessary changes required by the context to equality courts, in so far as these provisions relate to-
a) the appointment and functions of officers;
b) the issue and service of process;
c) the execution of judgments or orders;
d) the imposition of penalties for non-compliance with orders of court, for obstruction of execution of judgments or orders, and for contempt of court;
e) jurisdiction, subject to subsection (3),

and in so far as no other provision has been made in the regulations under section 30 of this Act.


2) All proceedings before the court must be conducted in open court, except in so far as the court may direct otherwise in the interests of the administration of justice.


a) Subject to paragraph (b), nothing in this Act precludes a magistrates’ court sitting as an equality court from making an order contemplated in section 21(2), which exceeds the monetary jurisdiction of a magistrates’ court, in which case the order must be submitted in the prescribed manner to a judge of the High Court having jurisdiction for confirmation.
b) The operation of paragraph (a), relating to the confirmation of an order, is suspended until any appeal contemplated in section 23 is finalised.