State Liability Amendment Bill Tabled

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The State Liability Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The justice and constitutional development department recently published the bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 41658.

The justice and correctional services minister, Michael Masutha, recently announced, during his budget vote speech in parliament, that the proposed amendments will seek to address widespread abuse and corruption within the medico-legal claims arena.

The explanatory summary indicated that the bill seeks to amend the State Liability Act of 1957 so as to provide for structured settlements for the satisfaction of claims against the State as a result of wrongful medical treatment of persons by servants of the State.

The Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill has also been tabled in parliament.

The bill aims to amend the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977 so as to extend the list of offences in respect of which a prosecution may be instituted after a period of 20 years has lapsed since the date of the alleged commission of an offence; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

It was published for comment in January 2018.

Both bills will now be processed by the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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