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Regulations on Magistrates Leave Amended

January 9, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

9 January 2020

Regulations for Judicial Officers in the Lower Courts have been amended.

The justice and constitutional development department published the amendments in Government Gazette 42916.

They were drawn up in terms of the Magistrates Act.

A new regulation 38 on vacation leave accrued is inserted.

It contains the formula by which the vacation leave credit of a magistrate in calendar days is converted to working days.

Other amendments focus on vacation and sick leave provisioning, leave taken which affects leave provisioning, leave registers, recording of vacation and sick leave credits in leave register, application for leave and granting thereof, compulsory vacation leave, calculation of leave gratuities, vacation leave without remuneration and various types of special leave.

The amendments came into effect on 1 January 2020.

In Gazette 42919, the Legal Practice Council published adjusted annual fees payable by legal practitioners.

Legal practitioners enrolled on the practising roll during the first two years of practice will pay R1 725 while legal practitioners enrolled on the practising roll and who have been on the practising roll for more than two years will pay R4 025.

The new fees kicked in on 1 January 2020.