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Politics, sometimes defined as the art and science of government. ... South Africa coat-of-arms; fair use; from http://www. ... // Constitution Following the 1994 elections, South Africa was governed under an interim constitution. ...

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Magistrates Courts in South Africa are the lower courts and the courts of of first instance and decide all matters as provided for by an act of parliament. As such, they deal with the great majority of court cases. The presiding officer in these courts are called a magistrate. A magistrate is a judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. ...


Magistrates Courts are divided into regional courts and district courts. These courts have jurisdiction in civil matters where the value of the claim does not exceed ZAR 100,000 and in criminal matters where the possible sentence does not exceed three years imprisonment or a fine of ZAR 60,000. More serious criminal matters are heard in the regional Magistrates Courts, as district Magistrates Courts courts cannot pass a sentence of more than three years. However, Magistrates Courts have no jurisdiction over the offences of treason, murder and rape. These courts may also not decide on the constitutionality of any legislation or on any conduct of the President of South Africa. In law, jurisdiction from the Latin jus, juris meaning law and dicere meaning to speak, is the practical authority granted to a formally constituted body or to a person to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties. ... A fine is money paid as a financial punishment for the commission of minor crimes or as the settlement of a claim. ... In law, treason is the crime of disloyalty to ones nation or state. ... Bold textJAMES CHECKLEY Legislation (or statutory law) is law which has been promulgated (or enacted) by a legislature or other governing body. ... The President of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. ...


There are also a number of Magistrates Courts that specialise in certain types of matters, such as the rape court in Wynberg. Wynberg is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. ...


There are more than 400 Magistrates Courts served by more than 1,400 magistrates in South Africa.


 
 

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