In addition to forms of social prejudice, the accused was also subjected to invasions of liberty, ranging from incarceration, or onerous bail conditions, to repeated attendance at remote courts for formal postponements. The rights primarily protected were perceived to be. [16] Failure to comply with such a request without lawful cause attracts criminal liability. For the purpose of section 112(1)(b), see S v Mkhize,[203] the Appellate Division's judgment in S v Naidoo[204] and S v Diniso. Generally speaking, where an accused pleads guilty at his trial there is no issue between him and the State and he may be sentenced, there and then, on his plea. If it does so, the court may come to the conclusion that the prima facie state evidence may be accepted as proof beyond reasonable doubt. The SCA has now held, however, that there can be multiple convictions for culpable homicide arising out of the same act. There is to be no cross-examination of the accused. The question, for Roberts, is whether this retroactivity will pass constitutional muster. A careful reading of Chapter 2 shows throughout a balancing of the interests of the individual and of society. [490] The State may choose to disclose the docket for the purpose of a bail hearing, if it so desires, but there is no obligation to do so. It involves a two-stage trial procedure in a special child justice court. The court may add conditions deemed necessary or advisable in interests of justice, as to, for example, Sections 63, 64, 65, 66 and 68 of the CPA apply with the necessary changes. [563] The application may be ex parte (s 38(1)), but that does not mean that the ordinary principles of audi alteram partem do not apply. A prosecutor who accepted a plea was doing no more than taking a day-to-day decision which all prosecutors were called upon to take in the course of their duties. If criminal proceedings are instituted, and an admission of guilt is paid, the article is disposed of similarly to the case when there is no prosecution. The issue of search and seizure is mainly a statutory matter; it is dealt with in a variety of statutes. [141] The two most important such circumstances are, The police so authorised may do certain things themselves, like. reinstate a special plea in terms section 3 Act 40 of 2002, in terms which the third defendant made known his intention to apply for leave for the reinstatement of its special plea in terms of section 3 of Act 40 of 2002. According to section 32(1) of the Constitution, everyone has the right to access to any information held by the State and any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. The South African System of Civil Procedural Law is based on the principle of exchange of written documents in compliance with the audi et alteram partem principle. As to the constitutionality of the provisions in section 60, sections 60(4) to 60(9), 60(11)(a), 60(11B)(c) and 60(14) were held to be constitutional in S v Dlamini. The accused in casu did not want a specific lawyer, as the lawyer did not speak his language. The court held that the public may not drive the system as part of the process; the public may only lobby or apply pressure in a similar way. Special procedural rules apply to either type of state appeal. As one of the alleged incidents had occurred outside the jurisdiction of the trial court, it was necessary to obtain a ministerial directive to enable all the charges to be heard in the Port Elizabeth regional court. According to this section, a court shall investigate any delay in the completion of proceedings which appears to the court to be unreasonable, and which could case substantial prejudice to the prosecution, the accused or his legal advisor, the State or a witness. If none of the above are available or suitable, they must take it to a youth-care centre. There are as yet no decided cases on the provisions of CJA. The system of automatic review of certain cases in the magistrate's court is unique to South Africa and goes back a long way. on the ground that there was a reasonable risk that such disclosure might lead to the intimidation of witnesses or otherwise prejudice the proper ends of justice. See S v Sikhipha and S v Nkondo. If the prosecution does not comply, the court may quash the charge.[177]. the right to be informed of the right to legal representation at State expense in certain circumstances. Phato v Attorney-General, Eastern Cape dealt with two applications, combined for the purposes of the judgment. The position in Canada is adumbrated in R v Stinchcombe, which became a very influential precedent in South African cases decided shortly after the commencement of the Interim Constitution. See Beheermaatschappij Helling I NV v Magistrate, Cape Town. the child not having a fixed residential address; the child being likely to continue committing offences; the offence being in the process of being committed when the arrest is affected. [174] If the offence is a statutory one, it is sufficient to describe it in the words of the law which created the offence. Other points of the witness's evidence not covered by the deviation may still be accepted by the court. Any number of charges may be joined in the same proceedings against the same accused, before any evidence has been led. The applicant in that case had been expelled from his post in the Directorate of Special Operations, and subsequently had been prosecuted for defeating the ends of justice on various counts arising from alleged offences committed in the course of his duties as an investigator. Section 13 provides that the judicial officer may allow affidavits instead of oral testimony. [109] This is a new measure. An example of the new provisions in practice is to be found in S v Sassin & Others. See. Authorities are not entitled to keep the arrestee in custody pending the next sitting of a periodical court, if that would mean a longer delay than that permitted in the case of ordinary courts sitting each weekday. Where there is uncertainty as to which charges the facts will prove, the accused may be charged with all or any of the possibilities at once. J789 ET 3 (bb) the judgment debtor, director or officer, where the proceedings were postponed in his or her presence to a date and time determined by the court, has … This SCA case involved three separate cases. The most important of these circumstances are, As to "reasonable suspicion," the most important case is Duncan v Minister of Law and Order,[18] along with Ralekwa v Minister of Safety and Security,[19] S v Reabow[20] and, more generally, Ramphal v Minister of Safety and Security. The court now proceeds to consider the sentence agreement. ", When considering whether something is an "instrumentality of an offence," the court should adopt a narrow interpretation. The areas of prejudice raised by the defence relating to finance, career advancement, widespread media coverage and social pressures on him and his family were not trial-related; they impacted on him personally, as they would on any accused involved in a high-profile trial. Schedule 1 includes a wide range of common-law and statutory offences, including any offence which may be punished by more than one year’s imprisonment without the option of a fine. [417], Issues such as the role and position of the prosecuting authority are very topical, especially in the light of recent cases involving President Jacob Zuma.[418]. See S v Sadeke. [354] For an example of the approach of the appeal courts to an increase of sentence, see S v Salzwedel. On 2 December 1994, the appellant appeared in court and was released on his own recognisance until early in the new year, with no charge having been put to him and without his being called upon to plead. The general position, then, is that the complainant does not have the power to force a State prosecution. See S v Van Vuuren. its effect, either in general or in this specific case, on the community or environment, etc. transfer in terms of Chapter 19 (sections 119-122) of the CPA where the accused was requested to make a preliminary plea under s119. Prior to first appearance in court, this can occur either by way of bail or written notice. that the prosecutor assigned to the case was herself involved in one such part-heard matter. It requires leave to appeal in certain circumstances from lower-court convictions, sentences and orders. [36] Telegraphic or similar written or printed communication from the magistrate or justice of peace, stating that the warrant has been issued, is sufficient to authorise the peace officer to effect the arrest. It may deliver an opening address,[280] if it desires, and then call the accused and any witnesses it chooses. If an arrestee is in transit to the court from an area outside the court's jurisdiction, the period expires at 16:00 on the day following that on which he is brought within the court's area of jurisdiction. [463] The article is returned to person from whom it was seized, if such person may lawfully possess it.[464]. The Constitution provides that the accused is entitled to reasonable clarity about the charge. any person found committing an offence on property owned or lawfully occupied by the private person. Chapters 5 and 6 are both aimed at preventing profit from crime. The judgment of the court a quo, the verdict of "not guilty," was therefore confirmed. [252] For an example of the application of the principle, see S v Groesbeek. The rules of evidence for the purpose of bail are relaxed.[55]. An operation to remove a bullet from a leg is not covered by search and seizure provisions. [96] The court has a duty to warn the accused that anything said by him in evidence during bail proceedings may be used in evidence against him at trial. [112] If the court finds fault on part of the accused, bail may be cancelled and bail money forfeited to the state.[113]. [163], To ensure fairness and reliability, there are certain recognised procedures for identity parades. Prosecutors usually make their decisions on evidence gathered by the police; in exceptional cases, by special investigative agencies. The court's power to deal with recalcitrant witnesses is regulated in section 189 of the CPA. See Chapter 24 of the Criminal Procedure Act. In terms of a pre-trial minute of a Rule 37 conference held on 8 May 2007, the parties agreed to separate the defendant’s special plea (to which the plaintiff replicated) from the rest of the issues in terms of Uniform Rule 33(4). Special pleas in federal criminal cases have been abolished, and defenses formerly raised by special plea are now raised by motion to dismiss. The presiding magistrate dismissed the defence argument and granted the prosecution's application for the case to be postponed to 1 April 1996, for trial. The court held that the provisions of section 18 of the CPA were clear and unambiguous, and provided for the lapsing of the right to prosecute after the expiration of a period of twenty years from the date of the offence in the case of every crime other than one in respect of which the death penalty may be imposed. As to the question of whether a High Court has inherent power to grant bail, or whether bail release powers are only to be found explicitly in statute, earlier cases inclined to the view that a High Court did not have inherent power to release on bail if a statute law did not give it express power. [316] Juveniles (those under eighteen years of age) may be given special sentences. The fruits of the investigation, in its possession, are not the property of the Crown, for use in securing a conviction; they are the property of the public, to be used to ensure that justice is done. [257] In practice this occurs only in complicated or serious cases. Unnecessary legal terminology should be avoided. allege either that the offence was committed within the area of jurisdiction of the magistrate or justice of the peace, or that the person to be arrested is known or reasonably believed to be within that area of jurisdiction; state that, from information on oath, there is a reasonable suspicion that the person sought has committed the alleged offence. It depends on the circumstances of each case. They are as follows: It must be noted that, although the final measure, in section 342A(3)(e), is on the statute books, an order of costs against the State has never been made, as the financial implications are very onerous. In the more serious or difficult cases, in terms of standing instructions, prosecutors refer their decisions to their area DPPs. the emotional, family, community or occupational ties of the accused to the place of trial; any assets held by the accused, and where; any means, and travel documents held by the accused, which may enable flight from the country; the extent, if any, to which the accused could afford to forfeit the bail money; the ease of extradition in the event of flight across the border; the nature and gravity of punishment in the event of conviction; the binding effect and enforceability of possible bail conditions, and the ease with which these conditions could be breached; and. The purpose of these provisions is to crack down on organised crime by making it unprofitable. Questioning does not have to eliminate all possible defences. In assessing the adequacy of particulars, the trial court may have regard to a summary of the substantial facts. Criminal procedure can be divided into three stages or phrases, namely pre-trial, trial and post-trial. There he was informed that he was suspected of contravening the Sexual Offences Act. McCarthy's appeal was therefore dismissed. These awards have the effect of civil judgments. [224] If the accused consents, this is recorded as a formal admission. [67] During the enquiry, the accused may supply evidence by affidavit instead of giving oral evidence, although affidavit evidence carries less weight than oral evidence.[68]. "[571] The CC has ruled that this provision is not unconstitutional. It must be on the grounds that. If the prosecutor decides to prosecute in connection with the death, the inquest process stops there. For a full discussion of Chapter 5, see S v Shaik. Such admissions may also have some weight in favour of the state at the end of the case. whether he has any other charges pending, and whether he has been released on bail in respect thereof. In S v Zuma, the accused stood trial on one count of rape. See S v Swanepoel.[488]. If the accused had been the primary agent of delay, he should not be able to rely on it in vindicating his rights under section 25(3)(a): for example where he had sought postponements or delayed the prosecution in ways that were less formal. Prior to the hearing of the appeal, both parties must submit heads of argument. In terms of section 66, the prosecutor may apply to court to have bail cancelled on grounds of noncompliance with the conditions of bail. [254], The court may abstain from giving judgment against any accused whose trial is separated.[255]. The issue was the right of an accused to access to the police docket relating to the accused's impending trial in a magistrate's court on a charge under the Witchcraft Suppression Act. The prosecution may proceed on any charge. The Child Justice Act[576] (CJA) came into operation on 1 April 2010. If a lower court refuses to order particulars, the accused can approach the High Court for a mandamus. The most striking provision is to be found in section 83, which states that, if a child refuses legal representation, the court must nevertheless see that the Legal Aid Board appoints a representative to assist the court. On receipt of the magistrate's reasons, the judge refers the case to a court of the Provincial or Local Division of the High Court to treat as an appeal. This litigation technique promotes effective litigation as parties are notified of each other’s case. [17], Peace officers—that is to say, police officials and other empowered officials—may arrest without a warrant in the circumstances set out in section 40. Examples of pleas in abatement are extinctive prescription, non-joinder or misjoinder and res judicata . The rationale for this is that this plea is not meant to mark the commencement of the trial; it is merely an indication of the accused’s attitude towards the charge. A Schedule 7 offence is generally slightly more serious than that for which police may fix bail under section 59: for example, culpable homicide, assault, grievous bodily harm, robbery, theft and fraud (where the amount involved does not exceed R20,000) and possession of drugs. places where the convicted person may not go (for example, to any airport); and. This privilege is reviewable, however, on the ground that it is not a reasonable limit on the right to make full answer and defence in a particular case. That the State has decided to charge accused, and has already disclosed the docket, does not prevent the State from investigating the case further. As it is in the alternative, it is one or the other. [123] It shall be a condition of release that the convicted person shall surrender himself at the time and place specified by court, and upon service of notice in the prescribed manner, to commence the sentence, in the event that the convicted person still has to undergo imprisonment after the disposal of the appeal.[124]. In certain other cases, the minimums are lengthy periods of imprisonment. This means that the preparatory examination may still take place but it is so rare that it is insignificant for our purposes. which concerned in, or on reasonable grounds believed to be concerned in, an offence or a suspected offence, whether in South Africa or elsewhere; which may afford evidence of an offence or a suspected offence, in South Africa or elsewhere; or. Different types of defences that you may be able to raise. Furthermore, section 73 of the CPA states that an accused is entitled to assistance after arrest and at criminal proceedings. Other persons with an interest may, with the permission of the judicial officer, also examine. For an example of the application of the principle, see S v Whitehead, where the court ruled in the circumstances of the case that convictions of culpable homicide and public violence would constitute improper duplication.[499]. South Africa's approach to disclosure by the prosecution is now widely acknowledge to have been flawed prior to the advent of the Constitution. The absolute withholding of information which is relevant to the defence can only be justified on the basis of the existence of a legal privilege which excludes the information from disclosure. There have been no cases yet in the Constitutional Court deciding the constitutionality of Chapter 2 of the CPA. [3] The three special pleas … Generally, the State is not obliged to furnish in particulars the evidence whereby the charge will be proved. If, at any stage before sentencing, there is doubt that the accused is guilty, or if it appears that the accused does not admit, or has not admitted, any allegation in the charge, or that the accused may have a valid defence, or for any other reason, the court may enter a plea of not guilty. [235] The court may have regard to both the incriminatory and the exculpatory parts of the plea explanation, as the court held in S v Cloete. A stay, the court found, is seldom warranted in the absence of significant prejudice to the accused. In September and December 2005, he made further appearances in the magistrate's court. Chapter 2 of the CPA deals with the issue of search warrants, entering of premises, seizure, forfeiture and disposal of property connected with offences. These include the usual range of sentences found in the CPA, but with additional controls. [46][47] More recently the courts have inclined to the view that they do have an inherent, common-law power to release a person on bail even if there is no statutory provision permitting it. We can work to ensure you receive the most lenient outcome in the circumstances. Constitution of High Court of South Africa 6. It is intended to protect an undefended accused against unjustified convictions and sentences imposed by magistrates.[367]. In subsections 106(1)(c) and (d), an extended meaning is given to the words "substantially identical. Upon being satisfied, the court requires the accused to plead, and orders that the contents of the agreement be disclosed in court. There are time limits for noting appeals, but reviews have to be brought only within a reasonable time. [512], Note that, in England, there is now a new provision allowing for a retrial in spite of acquittal in certain classes of cases.[513][514]. If a child is fourteen or older, imprisonment may only be imposed as a last resort. The accused may address the court on any evidence thus received, as well as on the actual matter of the sentence; after him, the prosecution may likewise address the court. [573], If the preservation order is in force, the NDPP may apply for forfeiture order of all property subject to the preservation order. the legal guardian or curator of a minor or "lunatic," if the offence was committed against the latter. It seems to follow that section 51(2), which provides for certain lengthy periods of imprisonment by High Courts and regional courts for slightly less serious crimes than in subsection (1), will also survive constitutional challenge. POCA is a wide-ranging measure aimed at cracking down on organised crime. This was the warrant she wished to have set aside in casu. Special pleas of prescription and a noncompliance with the - provisions of section 3 (2) of Act 40 of 2002 were raised. 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