n Annual Survey of South African Law - Sentencing
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||Annual Survey of South African Law|
|Affiliations||1 University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||1158 - 1192|
For some time now section 271A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 provides that certain previous convictions 'fall away' ten years after the date of conviction. Generally speaking these convictions are limited to less serious crimes (cf Du Toit et al Commentary on the Criminal Procedure Act (Service 35, 2006) 27-3; Terblanche A guide to sentencing in South Africa (2007) 84-85). Further provisions affecting the accused's record ofprevious convictions have been introduced through the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 65 of 2008, which came into operation on 6 May 2009. Sections 271B to 271E provide in detail for the expungement of certain previous criminal records.
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