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Sheriffs Act 90 of 1986
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REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
GOVERNMENT GAZETT-E
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KAAPSTAD, 10 SEPTEMBER 1986
CAPE TOWN, 10 SEPTEMBER 1986 No. 10425
KANTOOR VAN DIE STAATSPRESIDENT STATE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
No.1863. 10 September 1986 No. 1863. 1Q September 1986
Hierby word bekend gemaak dat die Staatspresident sy -edkeuring geheg bet aan die onderstaande Wet wat -..erby ter algemene inligting gepubliseer word:-
No. 90 van 1986: Wet op Balju's, 1986.
It is hereby notified that the State President has assented to the following Act which is hereby published for general information:-
No. 90 of 1986: Sheriffs Act, 1986.
Please note that most Acts are published in English and another South African official language. Currently we only have capacity to publish the English versions. This means that this document will only contain even numbered pages as the other language is printed on uneven numbered pages.
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GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
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ACT To provide for the a!'pointment of sheriffs, the establishment of a
Board for Sheriffs and a Fidelity Fund for Sheriffs, the regu- lation of the conduct of sheriffs, and matters connected therewith.
(English text signed by the State President.) (Assented to 3 September 1986.)
BE IT ENACTED by the State President and the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:-
1. In this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise-:- Definitions. "acting sheriff'' means an acting sheriff appointed under
section 5 (1); "auditor" means a person registered as an accountant and
auditor in terms of the Public Accountants' and Audi- tors' Act, 1951 (Act No. 51 of 1951);
"banking institution" means an institution registered as a bank in terms of the Banks Act, 1965 (Act No. 23 of 1965);
"Board" means the Board for Sheriffs established by sec- tion 7, and includes, for the purposes .of Chapter IV (excluding section 52), a disciplinary committee;
"building society" means a permanent society as defined in section 1 of the Mutual Building Societies Act, 1965 (Act No. 24 of 1965), or a building society as defined in section 1 of the Building Societies Act, 1986;
"deputy sheriff'' means a deputy sheriff appointed under section 6 (1);
"disciplinary committee" means a disciplinary committee established under section 18 (1);
"fidelity fund certificate" means a fidelity fund certificate re- ferred to in section 32 (1);
"financial year" means the financial year of the Board refer- red to in section 21 (1);
"Fund" means the Fidelity Fund for Sheriffs established by section 26 (1);
"lower court" means a court established under the Magis- trates' Courts Act, 1944 (Act No. 32 of 1944), and a divorce court established under section 10 of the Black Administration Act, 1927, Amendment Act, 1929 (Act No. 9 of 1929), but does not include a court of which the area of jurisdiction is situated within an area for which a legislative assembly has been established under the National States Constitution Act, 1971 (Act No. 21 of1971);
"Minister" means the Minister-of Justice; "prescribed" means prescribed by regulation; "regulation" means a regulation made under section 62 (1); "sheriff" means a sheriff appointed under section 2 (1), and
includes, for the purposes of Chapter II, III, IV or V, an acting sheriff;
"superior court" means a provincial or local division of the Supreme Court of South Africa;
"this Act" includes a regulation.
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SHERIFFS ACT, 1986
CHAPTER I
APPOINTMENT OF SHERIFFS AND OTHER PERSONS
2. (1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the Minister may appoint in the prescribed manner for a lower or superior
5 court a person as sheriff of that court. (2) The same person may be appointed as sheriff of both a
lower and a superior court and two or more persons may be ap- pointed as sheriffs of the same court.
3. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, a sheriff shall 10 perform within the area of jurisdiction of the lower or superior
court for which he has been appointed the functions assigned by or under any law to a sheriff of that court.
(2) The Minister may describe one or more areas within the area of jurisdiction of a lower or superior court and allocate any
15 such area to a sheriff of that court. (3) A sheriff to whom an area has been allocated under sub-
section (2), shall perform his functions within that area. (4) The Minister may at any time alter the description of an
area referred to in subsection (2).
20 4. (1) A sheriff shall hold office, subject to the other provi- sions of this section, until the date on which he attains the age of 65 years, but may be reappointed for such period as the Minister may after consultation with the Board determine.
(2) A sheriff shall vacate his office-- 25 (a) if he is removed from office under subsection (3) or
section 49 (2); or (b) if he is deemed to be removed from office in terms of
section 51. (3) The Minister may at any time after consultation with the
30 Board remove a sheriff from his office- ( a) if the fidelity fund certificate of the sheriff has been
cancelled under section 34 (1) or 49; or (b) if in the opinion of the Minister reasons exist for doing
so in the interest of the maintenance of effective and 35 reliable service to the courts and the public.
( 4) A sheriff may resign by giving the Minister three months' notice in writing of his resignation.
5. (1) When a sheriff- ( a) is unable to perform his functions;
40 (b) is prohibited by any court of law from performing any particular function in connection with a case; or
(c) ceases to hold office, the Minister may appoint a person to act, subject to the provi- sions of section 30, as sheriff-
45 (i) in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (a), until the sheriff is able to resume his functions;
(ii) in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (b), in or- der to perform the particular function; or
(iii) in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (c), until 50 a successor is appointed.
(2) The provisions of section 4 (2) and (3) shall apply mutatis mutandis in respect of an acting sheriff.
6. (1) Any sheriff or acting sheriff may with the approval of the Board and on such conditions as the Board may determine
55 appoint one or more deputy sheriffs, for whom he shall be responsible.
(2) A deputy sheriff may, subject to the directions of the sher- iff or acting sheriff appointing him, perform the functions of any such sheriff or acting sheriff.
60 (3) Any sheriff or acting sheriff may appoint such other per- sons in his employ as he may consider necessary.
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Appointment of sheriffs.
Performance of func- tions by sheriff.
Term of office of sheriffs.
Appointment of acting sheriffs.
Appointment of deputy sheriffs and employees.
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CHAPTER II
BOARD FOR SHERIFFS
7. There is hereby established a board to be known as the Establishment of Board for Sheriffs and which shall be a juristic person. Board for Sheriffs.
5 8. The objects of the Board shall be the maintenance of the Objects of Board. esteem of, the enhancement of the status of, and the improve- ment of the standard of training of and functions performed by, sheriffs.
9. (1) The Board shall consist of 12 members appointed by the Constitution of 10 Minister. Board.
(2) Subject to the provisions of section 10, the Minister shall appoint the following persons as members of the Board, name- ly-
( a) nine sheriffs chosen by the Minister from among at 15 least twelve sheriffs whose names have been submitted
for that purpose by an association which in the opinion of the Minister represents sheriffs;
(b) three other persons who in the opinion of the Minister are able to assist the Board in achieving its objects.
20 (3) (a) Whenever necessary the Director-General: Justice shall in writing request the association referred to in subsection (2) (a) to submit to him the names as con- templated in that subsection within the period specified in the request.
25 (b) If such association- (i) fails to submit the relevant names within the
period referred to in paragraph (a); or (ii) submits names which do not represent an adequate
number of sheriffs who in the opinion of the Minis- 30 ter are suitable for appointment contemplated in
subsection (2) (a), the Minister shall appoint the required number of sheriffs considered by him as suitable.
(4) Whenever necessary the Board shall elect from among its 35 members a chairman and vice-chairman of the Board, and the
chairman and vice-chairman shall hold office for such period as the Board may determine at the time of their election.
( 5) The vice-chairman may, if the chairman is absent or for any reason unable to act as chairman, perform the functions of
40 the chairman.
10. No person shall be appointed as a member of the Board if-
(a) he is not a South African citizen permanently resident in the Republic;
45 (b) he is an unrehabilitated insolvent; (c) he has been dismissed from a position of trust by
reason of improper conduct involving a breach of such trust;
(d) he has been convicted of any offence involving dish on- 50 esty or of any other offence for which he has been sen-
tenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine; or (e) he has been found guilty of improper conduct in
accordance with Chapter IV.
11. (1) Every member of the Board appointed in terms of sec- 55 tion 9 (2) shall be appointed for a period of three years, but
shall, after the expiration of the period for which he was ap- pointed, continue to hold office for a further period, but not ex- ceeding three months, until his successor has been appointed.
(2) (a) If a member of the Board appointed in terms of para- 60 graph (a) of section 9 (2) for any reason ceases to hold
office, the Minister may, after consultation with the Board and subject to section 10, appoint a sheriff in his place for the unexpired period of his term of office.
Persons not qualified to be members of · Board.
Term of office of members of Board and filling of vacancies.
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(b) If a member of the Board appointed in terms of para- graph (b) of section 9 (2) for any reason ceases to hold office, the Minister may, subject to that paragraph and section 10, appoint a person in his place for the unex-
5 pired period of his term of office. (3) Any person whose term of office as a member of the
Board has expired, shall be eligible for reappointment.
12. (1) A member of the Board shall vacate his office- (a) if he becomes subject to any disability mentioned in
10 section 10; (b) if he becomes of unsound mind; (c) if he has been absent from more than two consecutive
meetings of the Board without leave of the chairman; or
15 (d) if he has been appointed in terms of section 9 (2) (a) or 11 (2) (a) and ceases to hold office as sheriff.
(2) The Minister may at any time remove a member of the Board from his office if sound reasons exist for doing so.
13. A member of the Board who is not in the full-time em- 20 ployment of the State may be paid from the funds of the Board
such allowances as the Board may determine in general or in any particular case.
14. (1) The Board shall meet for the first time at the time and place determined by the Minister and thereafter at least once in
25 ev_ery year at such times and places as the chairman may deter- rome.
(2) The chairman may at any time of his own accord or shall at the written request of not fewer than five members convene a special meeting of the Board.
30 (3) Seven members of the Board shall form a quorum for a meeting of the Board.
(4) If both the chairman and the vice-chairman are absent from a meeting of the Board, the members present shall from among their number elect a person to preside at that meeting.
35 (5) The decision of a majority of the members of the Board present at a meeting of the Board shall constitute a decision of the Board, and in the event of an equality of votes on any mat- ter, the person presiding at the meeting in question shall have a casting vote in addition to his deliberative vote.
40 (6) No decision taken by the Board or act performed under authority of the Board shall be invalid merely by reason of a vacancy on the Board or of the fact that any person not entitled to sit as a member of the Board, sat as such a member at the time when the decision was taken or the act was authorized, if
45 the decision was taken or the act was authorized by the majority of the members of the Board present at the time and who were entitled to sit as members of the Board.
15. The Board may appoint such persons as it may consider necessary for the work incidental to the performance of its func-
50 tions, on such conditions and at such remuneration as it may determine.
16. In addition to the other functions assigned to the Board by this Act, the Board may-
( a) establish committees to advise it on any matter in re- 55 spect of which a function is assigned to it;
(b) appoint with the approval of the Minister any person other than a member of the Board as a member of any committee referred to in paragraph (a), and determine the allowances payable to that person;
60 (c) subject to the provisions of this Act, determine the manner in which meetings of any committee of the Board shall be convened, the procedure and quorum at those
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Vacating of office by member of Board.
Allowances to members of Board.
Meetings of Board.
Appointment of staff.
General functions of Board.
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meetings and the manner in which minutes of those meetings shall be kept;
(d) hire, buy or otherwise acquire such movable or immov- able propert~ as it may consider necessary for the per- formance of Its functions and let, sell or otherwise dis- pose of property so acquired;
(e) from time to time raise money by way of loan for the purpose of performing its functions;
(f) hypothecate its immovable property as security for a loan referred to in paragraph (e);
(g) with a view to promoting its objects, lend money against such security as it may consider adequate;
(h) with the approval of the Minister, donate money or other property;
(i) by means of insurance provide for cover for the Board against any loss, damage, risk or liability which it may suffer or incur;
(j) arrange for- (i) cover, by means of insurance, for sheriffs against
any loss, damage, risk or liability which they may suffer or incur;
(ii) the establishment of a medical aid or pension scheme for sheriffs;
(k) with the approval of the Minister, frame a code of con- duct which shall be complied with by sheriffs;
(l) in general perform such acts as may be necessary or ex- pedient for the achievement of its objects.
17. (1) The Board may establish an executive committee of the Board consisting of the chairman, the vice-chairman and
30 such other members of the Board as the Board may determine. (2) The chairman of the Board shall be the chairman of the
executive committee. (3) The executive committee may perform the functions of the
Board during the periods between meetings of the Board, but 35 shall not have the power-
( a) except in so far as the Board directs otherwise, to set aside or vary any decision of the Board; or
(b) to consider an appeal in terms of section 18 ( 4) (b). ( 4) The Board may set aside or vary any decision of the execu-
40 tive committee.
18. (1) The Board may establish one or more disciplinary committees, each consisting of at least three members of the Board.
(2) One of the members of a disciplinary committee shall be 45 designated by the Board as chairman of the disciplinary commit-
tee. (3) A disciplinary committee shall be invested and charged
with the functions relating to a charge of improper conduct as- signed to the Board by or under Chapter IV.
50 (4) (a) Any sheriff aggrieved by a finding made or penalty im- posed by a disciplinary committee in the performance of its functions in accordance with Chapter IV, may in the prescribed manner and within the prescribed period after the disciplinary committee has made the finding
55 or imposed the penalty, appeal to the Board against the finding or penalty.
(b) The Board shall consider in the prescribed manner an appeal lodged with it in accordance with paragraph (a), andmay-
60 (i) set aside the finding or penalty appealed against or substitute therefor any other finding or penalty which the disciplinary committee could have made or imposed; or
(ii) confirm the finding or penalty appealed against.
65 19. (1) Every sheriff shall annually on or before the prescribed date pay the prescribed levy to the Board.
(2) Different levies may be prescribed under subsection (1) in respect of different categories of acting sheriffs.
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Executive committee.
Disciplinary committees.
Annual levies pay- able to Board.
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20. ( 1) The funds of the Board shall consist of- ( a) the levies paid to the Board in terms of section 19 (1); (b) interest derived from investments; (c) moneys which may accrue to the Board from any other
5 source. (2) The Board shall utilize its funds to defray the expenses in-
curred by the Board in the performance of its functions in accordance with this Act, but shall utilize any money or other property donated or bequeathed to the Board in accordance
10 with the conditions of the donation or bequest concerned. (3) The Board shall open an account with a banking institu-
tion or building society, and shall deposit in that account the moneys received by it in terms of this Chapter.
(4) The Board may invest any money received in terms of this 15 Chapter and not required for immediate use by means of depos-
its with the Public Investment Commissioners, a banking institu- tion or a building society or in such other manner as the Minister may with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance determine.
21. ( 1) The financial year of the Board shall terminate on the 20 last day of February in each year.
(2) The Board shall- ( a) cause records to be kept of moneys received or ex-
pended by it, and of its assets, liabilities and financial transactions;
25 (b) as soon as possible, but riot later than three months after the end of each financial year, cause annual finan- cial statements to be prepared showing, with the appro- priate particulars, moneys received and expenditure in- curred by it during, and its assets and liabilities at the
30 end of, such financial year.
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(3) The records and annual financial statements referred to in subsection (2) shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the Board.
CHAPTER III
POSITION OF TRUST OF SHERIFFS
Accounts for trust moneys
22. (1) Every sheriff shall open and keep a separate trust ac- count, which shall contain a reference to this subsection, with a banking institution or building society, and shall forthwith de-
40 posit therein the moneys held or received by him on account of any person.
(2) (a) A sheriff may invest in a separate savings or other in- terest -bearing account opened by him with a banking institution or building society any money deposited in
45 his trust account and not immediately required for any particular purpose.
(b) A savings or other interest-bearing account referred to in paragraph (a) shall contain a reference to this sub- section.
50 (3) The amount standing to the credit of an account opened by a sheriff in terms of subsection (1) or (2), shall not form part of the assets of that sheriff or, if he dies or becomes insolvent, of his deceased or insolvent estate.
( 4) Interest on moneys in an account mentioned in subsection 55 (1) or (2) shall be paid in the prescribed manner to the Fund by
the sheriff concerned.
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23. ( 1) A sheriff shall- ( a) keep separate records of moneys deposited or invested
by him in, and payments made by him out of, an ac- count mentioned in section 22 (1) or (2);
(b) cause the records referred to in paragraph (a) to be audited by an auditor at least once annually.
(2) An auditor who has performed an audit in terms of subsec- tion (1) (b) shall as soon as may be practicable after com pie-
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Funds of Board.
Financial year, re- cords and annual financial statements of Board.
AccOunts for trust moneys.
Book-keeping and auditing of accounts.
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tion of the audit furnish the Board with a report on his findings on the prescribed form.
(3) If in the opinion of the Board sound reasons exist for doing so, it may by way of a notice in writing request any sheriff
5 to submit to the Board within the period specified in the notice, which period shall not be less than 30 days after the date of the notice, such auditor's report, statement or other document relat- ing to an account mentioned in section 22 (1) or (2) as the Board may require.
10 24. (1) If in the opinion of a competent superior court sound reasons exist for domg so, that court may upon application of the Board or any person having a direct financial interest in an account mentioned in section 22 (1) or (2), prohibit the sheriff concerned from dealing with the said account in any manner.
15 (2) If a court prohibits a sheriff under subsection (1) from dealing with an account in any manner, the court may appoint a curator bonis to control and administer that account on behalf of the sheriff.
25. When a sheriff ceases to hold office, an account opened by 20 him in terms of section 22 (1) or (2) shall be wound up in the
prescribed manner, and the amount standing to the credit of the account shall be paid out in the prescribed manner to the per- sons entitled to it.
Fidelity Fund for Sheriffs
25 26. (1) There is hereby established a fund to be known as the Fidelity Fund for Sheriffs, and into which shall be paid-
( a) interest paid to the Fund in terms of section 22 (4); (b) the prescribed contribution referred to in section 30 (b)
(ii) or 31 (2); 30 (c) interest derived from the investment of moneys in the
Fund; (d) moneys recovered on behalf of the Fund by virtue of
the provisions of section 39; (e) moneys mentioned in section 41 (2);
35 (f) moneys which may accrue to the Board from any other source.
(2) The Fund shall be controlled and managed by the Board, which shall utilize the moneys in the Fund in accordance with this Chapter.
40 (3) (a) Moneys forming part of the Fund shall, until spent or invested in accordance with this Chapter, be paid into and kept in an account opened with a banking institu- tion or building society. .
(b) Such account shall be called the Fidelity Fund Account 45 for Sheriffs.
27. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Chapter, the moneys in the Fund shall be utilized for-
(a) the settlement of claims admittted against the Fund or judgments, including costs, obtained against the Fund;
50 (b) any contribution in the discretion of the Board in re- spect of expenses incurred by a claimant to verify his
. claim; (c) legal expenses incurred in defending an action against
the Board in respect of the Fund or otherwise incurred 55 in relation to the Fund;
(d) premiums payable in respect of insurance agreements entered into by the Board under section 29 (1);
(e) the expenses involved in the control and management of the Fund;
60 (f) interest on and redemption of loans negotiated by the Board on behalf of the Fund;
(g) moneys required or permitted to be paid out of the Fund in accordance with this Chapter.
(2) Any money in the Fund not immediately required for the 65 purposes of the Fund shall be invested in the prescribed manner.
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Power of court in re- spect of accounts.
Winding-up of accounts.
Establishment and control of Fidelity Fund for Sheriffs.
Utilization of Fund.
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28. (1) The Board shall- ( a) cause records to be kept of moneys received in,
payments made out of, the Fund;
Auditing of records and and statements of
Fund.
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(b) as soon as possible, but not later than three months after the end of each financial year, cause annual finan- cial statements to be prepared showing, with the appro- priate particulars, moneys received and expenditure in- curred on behalf of the Fund during, and the financial state of affairs of the Fund at the end of, such financial year.
(2) The records and annual financial statements referred to in subsection (1) shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the Board.
29. (1) The Board may at its discretion enter into an agree- 15 ment with an insurer who carries on an insurance business in the
Republic whereby the Fund will be indemnified, to the extent and in the manner provided in the agreement, against liability for a contingency referred to in section 35.
(2) An agreement referred to in subsection (1) shall be en- 20 tered into in respect of sheriffs generally.
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Fidelity fund certificates
30. A sheriff or his deputy sheriff shall not perform any func- tion assigned to a sheriff by or under any law unless-
(a) the sheriff is the holder of a fidelity fund certificate; or (b) in the case of an acting sheriff-
(i) the acting sheriff is the holder of a fidelity fund certificate; or
(ii) the acting sheriff has paid the prescribed contribu- tion to the Board.
30 31. (1) A sheriff may apply on the prescribed form to the Board for a fidelity fund certificate.
(2) An application referred to in subsection (1) shall be ac- companied by the prescribed contribution.
(3) A sheriff applying in terms of subsection (1) for a fidelity 35 fund certificate shall furnish such additional particulars in con-
nection with his application as the Board may require.
32. (1) If the Board is satisfied, after consideration of an appli- cation referred to in section 31, that the sheriff is, having regard to the provisions of section 33, a suitable person to hold a fideli-
40 ty fund certificate, the Board shall issue to him a fidelity fund certificate on the prescribed form.
(2) A fidelity fund certificate shall be valid until 31 December of the year in respect of which it has been issued.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (2), the 45 Board may at any time issue to an acting sheriff a fidelity fund
certificate having a period of validity of not less than one month and not more than six months.
33. (1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the Board shall not issue a fidelity fund certificate to a sheriff if he-
50 (a) is not a South African citizen permanently resident in the Republic;
(b) is not of or over the age of 21 years; (c) is an unrehabilitated insolvent; (d) is of unsound mind;
55 (e) does not comply with the prescribed standard of train- ing;
(f) does not have the prescribed practical experience; (g) has at any time been dismissed from a position of trust
by reason of improper conduct involving a breach of 60 such trust;
Insurance agreements in order to indemnify Fund.
Prohibition of per- formance of functions of sheriff in certain circumstances.
Applications for fidelity fund certificates.
Issue of fidelity fund certificates.
Disqualifications relating to fidelity fund certificates.
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(h) has at any time been convicted of any offence involving dishonesty or of any other offence for which he has been sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine;
5 (i) has failed to comply with a provision of section 23 (1) (b) during a period of one year immediately prior to the date on which he applies for a fidelity fund certi- ficate;
(j) has at any time been prohibited under section 24 (1) 10 from dealing with an account mentioned in section 22
(1) or (2) in any manner; (k) was previously the holder of a fidelity fund certificate
which has been cancelled under section 34 (1) or 49; (l) has at any time incurred liability towards the Board by
15 virtue of the provisions of section 39, unless he has re- paid the relevant amount in full to the Board or has made in the opinion of the Board satisfactory arrange- ments for the repayment of any such amougt.
(2) If in respect of any sheriff who is subject to any disability 20 mentioned in subsection (1), the Board is satisfied that, having
regard to the relevant considerations, the issue of a fidelity fund certificate to him is justified in the interest of fairness towards him, the Board may, on such conditions as the Board may with the concurrence of the Minister determine, issue a fidelity fund
25 certificate to him when he applies therefor.
34. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of 'Chapter IV, the Board may cancel a fidelity fund certificate issued. to a sheriff after at least 14 days' notice in writing to the sheriff-
( a) if the. sheriff becomes subject to a disability mentioned 30 in section 33 (1) (a), (c), (d), (g), (h), (j) or (l);
(b) if the sheriff contravenes or fails to comply with a con- dition imposed under section 33 (2); or
(c) if that fidelity fund certificate was issued on information subsequently proved to be false.
35 (2) The Board shall cancel the fidelity fund certificate of a sheriff if it is requested by the sheriff to do so or if the sheriff ceases to hold office.
(3) Any person who has in his possession or under his control any fidelity fund certificate cancelled under this section, shall re-
40 turn that certificate to the Board within 30 days after he became aware of the cancellation.
Liability of Fund
cancellation of fidelity fund certi- ficates.
35; Subject to the provisions of this Chapter, moneys in the Liability of Fund. Fund shall be utilized to compensate any person who, after the
45 commencement of this Act, suffers any loss or damage- ( a) as a result of-
(i) the failure of a sheriff to pay out or deliver to any such person any money or property over which he acquired control by virtue of his office, or the pro-
50 ceeds of the sale of such goods; or (ii) the act or omission of a sheriff or his deputy sheriff
in connection with- (aa) the service or execution of any process; (bb) the arrest of any person; or
55 (cc) subject to section 55, the rescue or escape of any person arrested by him or committed to his custody; and
(b) for which the sheriff, the sheriff and his deputy sheriff jointly or his deputy sheriff is liable in law.
60 36. (1) A claim against the Fund in respect of a contingency Claimsagainst referred to in section 35 may be lodged with the Board on the Fund. prescribed form.
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(2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3), no person shall have a claim against the Fund in respect of a contingency refer- red to in section 35 unless-
( a) the claimant lodges his claim with the Board in terms of 5 subsection (1) within three months after he became
aware of the contingency; or (b) the claimant furnishes the Board, within six months
after a written demand was sent to him by the Board, with such proof in verification of his claim as the Board
10 may reasonably require. (3) If the Board is satisfied that, having regard to the circum·
stances, a claim or the proof required by it was lodged or fur- nished as soon as possible, it may at its discretion extend the period mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (2), as
15 the case may be. (4) If the Board admits a claim against the Fund, the Board
shall pay out of the Fund such compensation as may be agreed upon by the Board and the claimant.
(5) Any dispute relating to the amount o_f co!fip~nsation to be 20 paid out of the Fund shall be settled by arbttratlOn m accordance
with the Arbitration Act, 1965 (Act No. 42 of 1965).
37. (1) If the Board refuses to admit a claim against the Fund, the claimant may, subject to this section and section 38, institute an action against the Board in respect of the Fund in the court
25 within the area of jurisdiction of which the cause of action arose. (2) An action against the Board in respect of the Fund shall
not be instituted without leave of the Board unless the claimant has exhausted all available legal remedies against the sheriff or deputy sheriff in respect of whom the claim arose, or his estate,
30and against all other persons liable in respect of the loss or dam- age suffered by the claimant.
(3) In any action againt the Board in respect of the Fund, the Board may raise any defence which could have been raised by the sheriff or deputy sheriff in respect of whom the claim arose.
35 38. (1) The Fund shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by a sheriff as a result of any act or omission by his de- puty sheriff or any employee in the service of the sheriff.
(2) No person shall recover from the Board in respect of the Fund any amount larger than the difference between the amount
40 of the loss or damage suffered .by him and the amount or value of all moneys or other benefits which he has received or is en- titled to receive from any other source in respect of that loss or damage.
(3) No amount shall be paid out of the Fund as interest on the 45 amount of any claim admitted against' the Fund or any judgment
obtained against the Fund.
39. When the Board settles any claim or judgment against the Fund in accordance with this Chapter, there shall pass to the Board all the rights and remedies of the claimant in respect of
50 his claim against any sheriff, deputy sheriff or other person or, if applicable, in the case of the death, insolvency or other legal in- capacity ot any such sheriff, deputy sheriff or person, against the estate of any such sheriff, deputy sheriff or person.
40. (1) Only moneys in the Fund shall be available for the 55 payment of any claim admitted against the Fund or for the satis-
faction of any judgment obtained against the Fund, but if at any time there is insufficient money in the Fund to settle all those claims and judgments, they shall, to the extent to which they are not settled, be charged against future accumulations of the·
60 Fund. . (2) The Board may at its discretion determine the order in
which claims and judgments against the Fund may be settled and may, if the moneys in the Fund are insufficient to settle in full all claims and judgments, settle any claim or judgment pro rata to
65 the amount available in the Fund.
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Actions against Board in respect of Fund.
Limitation of liability of Fund.
Transition of rights and remedies to Board.
Computation of claims against future accumulations of Fund.
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SHERIFFS ACf, 1986
41. (1) No claimant having a claim against the Fund in respect of a contingency referred to in section 35 shall have-
( a) any legal claim against an insurer who has entered into an agreement referred to in section 29 (1) with the
5 Board; (b) any right or claim in respect of any money paid to the
Board by the insurer in accordance with that agree- ment.
(2) Money referred to in subsection (1) (b) shall be paid into 10 the Fund and, subject to the provisions of this Chapter, be uti-
lized by the Board in order to settle claims or judgments against the Fund.
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Utilization of insurance moneys.
42. No provision of any law relating to insurance shall apply to Fund exempt the Fund. from insurance
laws.
15 CHAPTER IV
IMPROPER CONDUCf
43. (1) A sheriff shall be guilty of improper conduct if- ( a) he is negligent or dilatory in the service or execution of
any process; 20 (b) he makes a false return in respect of the service or ex-
ecution of any process; (c) he demands payment of more than the fees or expenses
prescribed by or under any law; (d) he contravenes or fails to comply with a provision of
25 the code of conduct referred to in section 16 (k); (e) he fails to take all reasonable steps to prevent his depu-
ty sheriff from committing a deed of improper conduct as contemplated in paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d);
(f) he commits a deed of insolvency referred to in section 8 30 ofthe Insolvency Act, 1936 (Act No. 24 of 1936); or
(g) he commits an offence. (2) The acquittal or conviction of a sheriff by any court of law
on any criminal charge shall not be a bar to proceedings against him in accordance with this Chapter on a charge of im-
35 proper conduct, even if the facts set forth in the charge of im- proper conduct would, if proved, constitute the offence set forth in the criminal charge on which he was so acquitted or convicted or any other offence of which he might have been convicted at his trial on the said criminal charge.
40 (3) If the improper conduct with which a sheriff is charged amounts to an offence of which he has been convicted by a court
·of law, a certified copy of the record of his trial and conviction by that court shall, upon the identification of the sheriff as the person who has been convicted according to the record, be suf-
45 ficient proof that he committed such offence, unless- (a) the conviction has been set aside by a competent court;
or (b) the sheriff proves that he was in fact wrongly convicted.
44. (1) Any complaint, accusation or allegation against asher- 50 iff may be lodged wtth the Board in the prescribed manner.
(2) The Board shall keep record of each complaint, accusation or allegation lodged with it in terms of subsection (1).
45. (1) When a sheriff is accused of improper conduct the Board may charge him in writing with that improper conduct.
55 (2) A charge of improper conduct shall be served upon a sher- iff in the prescribed manner, and the charge shall contain or be accompanied by a request that the sheriff furnishes the Board
Improper conduct.
Lodging of complaint against sheriff.
Otarge of improper conduct.
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SHERIFFS ACT, 1986
with a written admission or denial of the charge and, if the sher- iff so prefers, a written explanation in connection with the charge within 14 days ofthe serving thereof.
(3) The Minister may at any time withdraw a charge of im- 5 proper conduct.
46. The Board shall inquire into a charge of improper conduct at such time and place as the Board may determme and shall in the prescribed manner give the sheriff charged at least 14 days' notice in writing of the time and place so determined.
10 47. (1) The Board may authorize any person to attend an in- quiry instituted in terms of section 46, to adduce evidence and ar- guments in support of the charge and to cross-examine any per- son who has given evidence in rebuttal of the charge.
(2) At such inquiry the sheriff charged shall have the right to 15 be present, to be assisted or represented by another person, to
give evidence and, either personally or through a representa- tive-
(a) to be heard; (b) to call witnesses;
20 (c) to cross-examine any person called as a witness in sup- port of the charge; and
(d) to have access to documents produced in evidence. (3) The failure .of the sheriff charged to attend the inquiry
shall not invalidate the proceedings. 25 ( 4) The Board shall keep a record of the proceedings and of
the evidence given.
48. (1) For the purposes of an inquiry in terms of section 46, the Board may-
( a) summon any person who in its opinion may be able to 30 give information of material importance concerning the
charge inquired into, or who is believed to have in his possession or custody or under his control any book, document or thing which may have a bearing on that charge, to appear before the Board;
35 (b) call upon, and administer an oath to, or accept an affir- mation from, any person present at the inquiry who was or could have been summoned under paragraph (a);
(c) interrogate or require any person who was called upon 40 under paragraph (b) to produce a book, document or
thing referred to in paragraph (a). (2) A summons for the attendance before the Board of any
person shall be in the prescribed form and shall be served in the prescribed manner.
45 (3) The law relating to privilege as applicable to a person sum- moned to give evidence or to produce a document or thing be- fore a court of law, shall be applicable in respect of the interro- gation of, or the production of a book, document or thing by, any person referred to in subsection ( 1) (c).
50 49. (1) When the Board finds a sheriff guilty of improper con- duct, the Board may-
( a) caution or reprimand the sheriff; (b) impose upon the sheriff a fine not exceeding R1 000,
which fine shall be payable to the Board; 55 (c) cancel the fidelity fund certificate of the sheriff; or
(d) recommend to the Minister that the sheriff be removed from his office, or called upon to resign as sheriff, with effect from a date determined by the Minister.
(2) If the Board makes a recommendation under paragraph 60 (d) of subsection (1), the Board shall send to the Minister the
documents relating to the inquiry and, where applicable, to an appeal under section 18 (4) (a) or 61 (1), and the Minister may ·act according to that recommendation or impose upon the sher- iff concerned such other penalty as the Board could have im-
65 posed upon him.
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Inquiry into improper conduct.
Procedure at inquiry.
Powers of Board in respect of inquiry.
Action against sheriff who is found guilty of improper conduct.
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SHERIFFS ACf, 1986
50. (1) The Minister may suspend a sheriff from his office at any time before the sheriff is charged with improper conduct in accordance with this Chapter, or after he has been so charged.
(2) A sheriff who has been suspended from his office shall 5 forthwith be reinstated in office-
( a) if he is not charged with improper conduct within a period of 12 months after the date of his suspension;
(b) if he is found not guilty on the charge in question; (c) if he appeals under section 18 (4) (a) or 61 (1) against
10 his conviction on the charge in question and the appeal is upheld; or
(d) if a penalty referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of sec- tion 49 (1) is imposed upon him.
(3) The Minister may at any time cancel the suspension of a 15 sheriff, but the cancellation shall not prevent the sheriff from be-
ing charged with improper conduct in accordance with this Chapter.
51. Any sheriff who- (a) while suspended from his office under section 50 (1) or
20 while a charge of improper conduct against him in accordance with this Chapter has not yet finally been dealtwith- (i) resigns as sheriff; or (ii) engages himself without the approval of the Minis-
25 ter to perform remunerative work outside his office as sheriff; or
(b) fails to resign with effect from the date on which he has been called upon to resign under section 49 (2),
shall, unless the Minister directs otherwise, be deemed to be re- 30 moved from his office by reason of improper conduct with effect
from the date on which he so resigns, engages himself to per- form remunerative work or fails to resign, as the case may be.
52. (1) If in the opinion of the Minister sound reasons exist for doing so, he may authorize any person to charge any sheriff with
35 improper conduct and to inquire into the charge. (2) When the Minister authorizes a person under subsection
(1) to charge a sheriff with improper conduct, the Board shall forthwith discontinue any steps which the Board has taken against the sheriff in accordance with this Chapter.
40 (3) A person authorized under subsection (1) shall be invested and charged with the functions relating to a charge of improper conduct assigned to the Board by or under this Chapter, and for the purposes of section 61 a finding made or penalty imposed by that person shall be deemed to be a finding made or penalty im-
45 posed by the Board. (4) Nothing in this section contained shall be construed as em-
powering the Minister to authorize a person to charge a sheriff with improper conduct after the Board has already made a finding in accordance with this Chapter in respect of the charge
50 in question.
CHAPTERV
GENERAL
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Suspension of sheriff.
Certain sheriffs deemed to be removed from their office by reason of improper conduct.
Powers of Minister relating to improper conduct.
53. No sheriff shall without the approval of the Minister per- Performance of form or engage himself to perform remunerative work outside remunerative work
55 his office as sheriff. outside office ofsher· iff.
54. The State shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising Indemnification out of any act or omission by a sheriff or his deputy sheriff. or State.
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55. A sheriff or his deputy sheriff shall not be liable for any damage arising out of the rescue or escape of any person ar- rested by him or committed to his custody, unless the rescue or escaee was caused by his negligent or wilful conduct.
5 56. (1) For the purposes of exercising any J?OWer- (a) referred to in subsection (1) or l2) of section 57, the
Minister may, either in general or in any particular case, appoint any person as an inspector;
(b) referred to in subsection (2) of section 57, the Board 10 may, either in general or in any particular case, appoint
any person whom the Board may consider suitable as an inspector.
(2) Every inspector appointed under subsection (1) shall be furnished with a certificate stating that he has been appointed as
15 an inspector. (3) An inspector who exercises any power under section 57
shall at the request of any person affected by the exercise of that power produce his certificate referred to in subsection (2).
57. (1) Any inspector appointed under paragraph (a) of sec- 20 tion 56 (1) may at any reasonable time examine any book, re-
cord or other document of the Board or Fund or make extracts therefrom or copies thereof.
(2) Any inspector appointed under paragraph (a) or (b) of section 56 (1) may-
25 (a) at any reasonable time enter the office of any sheriff; (b) require the production of any fidelity fund certificate; (c) seize any fidelity fund certificate cancelled under sec-
tion 34 or 49; (d) examine any book, record or other document relating
30 to the functions of a sheriff or make extracts therefrom or copies thereof;
(e) for the purposes of any prosecution under this Act or any charge of improper conduct in accordance with Chapter IV, seize and retain such book, record or
35 other document.
58. The Minister may in writing direct the Board to furnish him within the period specified in the direction with such infor- mation as he may require in connection with the functions of the Board or the financial state of affairs of the Board or Fund.
40 59. The Board shall within six months after the end of every financial year submit to the Minister a report, together with a copy of the annual financial statements audited in terms of sec- tions 21 (3) and 28 (2), on the functions performed by the Board during such year.
Liability of sheriffs.
Appointment of in- spectors.
Powers of inspectors.
Minister may direct Board to furnish in- formation.
Annual reports.
45 60. (1) Any person who- Offences and (a) contravenes or fails to comply with a provision of sec- penalities.
tion 19 (1), 22 (1), 23 (1), 30 or 34 (3);
50
55
(b) fails to comply with a request under section 23 (3); (c) contravenes or fails to comply with a condition imposed
under section 33 (2); (d) in an application for any fidelity fund certificate know-
ingly gives information or makes a statement which is false or misleading;
(e) has been duly summoned under section 48 and who fails, without sufficient cause- (i) to attend at the time and place specified in the
summons; or
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SHERIFFS ACT, 1986
(ii) to remain in attendance until excused from further attendance by the person presiding at the inquiry;
(f) has been called upon under section 48 (1) (b) and who refuses to be sworn or to make an affirination as a wit-
S ness; (g) fails, without sufficient cause-
{i) to answer fully and satisfactorily any question law- fully put to him under section 48 (1) (c) ; or
(ii) to produce any book, document or thing in his 10 possession or custody or under his control which
he was required to produce under section 48 (1) (c);
(h) hinders or obstructs any inspector in the exerCise of his powers under section 57 (2); or
15 (i) falsely gives himself out to be an inspector appointed under section 56 (1) (a) or (b),
shall be guilty of an offence. {2) Any person who is convicted of an offence under this Act
shall be liabl~ 20 (a) in the case of an offence referred to in paragraph (a) ,
(c), (d), (h) or (i) of subsection (1), to a fine not ex- ceeding R2 000, or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or to both such fine and such im- prisonment; and
25 (b) in the case of an offence referred to in paragraph (b), (e), (f) or (g) of subsection (1), to a fine not exceeding R1 000, or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and such im- prisonment.
30 61. (1) Any sheriff aggrieved by- ( a) the cancellation of his fidelity fund certificate by the
Board under section 34 (1); (b) a finding made or penalty imposed by a disciplinary
committee or the Board in the performance of its func- 35 tions in accordance with Chapter IV; or
(c) the exercise of a power by the Board in considering an appeal in terms of section 18 (4) (b),
may, after notice to the Board and within 60 days after the date on which that fidelity fund certificate has been cancelled, that
40 finding has been made or penalty has been imposed or that pow- er has been exercised, as the case may be, appeal against the de- cision in question to the superior court having jurisdiction in the area where the head office of the Board is situated.
(2) The court shall examine and consider an appeal lodged 45 with it in accordance with subsection (1), and may-
( a) if it is of the opinion that the disciplinary committee or Board, as the case may be, has not acted in accordance with the provisions of this Act, set aside the decision appealed against or substitute therefor any other deci-
50 sion which the disciplinary committee or Board could have made;
(b) confirm the decision appealed against; or (c) give such other order, including any order as to costs,
as it may consider fit.
55 62. (1) The Minister may after consultation with the Board make regulations as to-
(a) the steps to be taken to ensure compliance with the code of conduct referred to in section 16 (k);
(b) the disposal of process and other documents in the pos- 60 session of a sheriff when he ceases to hold office;
(c) the service of process on sheriffs or deputy sheriffs; (d) the furnishing by a banking institution or building so-
ciety of particulars relating to an account mentioned in section 22 (1) or (2);
65 (e) any matter required or permitted to be prescribed by regulation under this Act; and
(f) in general, any matter which the Minister may consider necessary or expedient to prescribe in order that the
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Appeal to court against decisions of disciplinary commit- tee or Board.
Regulations.
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SHERIFFS ACf, 1986
objects of this Act may be achieved, and the generality of this paragraph shall not be limited by the preceding paragraphs.
(2) Regulations made under subsection (1) may prescribe pen- S alties for any contravention thereof or failure to comply there-
with not exceeding a fine of Rl 000 or imprisonment for a period of six months.
63. (1) The Minister may- ( a) delegate to any officer of the Department of Justice any
10 power conferred upon the Minister by this Act, exclud- ing the power referred to in section 62 (1), on such con- ditions as the Minister may determine; or
(b) authorize any such officer to perform any duty assigned . to the Minister by this Act.
15 (2) Any delegation under subsection (1) (a) shall not prevent the exercise of the relevant power by the Minister himself.
64. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the provisions of the laws mentioned in the Schedule are hereby amended or repealed to the extent indicated in the third column thereof.
20 (2) Any person who immediately prior to the commencement ofthisAct-
(a) held office as messenger or acting messenger of any lower court, or was appointed as a deputy messenger, shall upon that commencement be deemed to be ap-
25 pointed under the provisions of this Act as a sheriff or acting sheriff of that lower court, or as a deputy sheriff, respectively; or
(b) held office as deputy sheriff or acting deputy sheriff of any superior court, or was appointed as an assistant of a
30 deputy sheriff or acting deputy sheriff, shall upon that commencement be deemed to be appointed under the provisions of this Act as a sheriff or acting sheriff of that superior court, or as a deputy sheriff, respectively.
(3) Any sheriff or acting sheriff referred to in paragraph (a) or 35 (b) of subsection (2) shall hold office subject to the provisions of
this Act: Provided that- ( a) the provisions of section 30 shall not apply in respect of
any such sheriff or acting sheriff before a date deter- mined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette;
40 (b) any security furnished by any such sheriff or acting sheriff in connection with his appointment shall, not- withstanding the repeal of a provision governing the furnishing of such security, be maintained until the day upon which he becomes the holder of a fidelity fund
45 certificate; (c) notwithstanding the provisions of section 35, the Fund
shall not incur liability in respect of any such sheriff or acting sheriff before the day upon which he becomes the holder of a fidelity fund certificate;
50 (d) the provisions of section 51 (a) (ii) or 53 shall not apply to remunerative work which any such sheriff or acting sheriff performs outside his office after the commence- ment of this Act if he- (i) had performed such work immediately prior to
55 that commencement; and (ii) notifies the Minister in writing of such remunerat-
ive work within 30 days after that commencement; and
(e) any such sheriff shall hold office as contemplated in 60 section 4 (1) until the date on which he attains the age
of70years. (4) Anything done under a provision repealed by subsection
(1) which may be done under a corresponding provision of this Act, shall be deemed to have been done under that correspond-
65 ing provision.
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Minister may assign functions to officers.
Amendment or repeal of provisions of laws, and savings.
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SHERIFFS ACf, 1986
65. A reference in any law in force immediately prior to the commencement of this Act, or in any process of court, to a messenger or a messenger of any lower court shall be construed as a reference to a sheriff of that lower court appointed under
5 this Act.
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Construction of references to messenger in existing laws and process of court.
66. This Act shall be called the Sheriffs Act, 1986, and shall Short title come into operation on a date fixed by the State President by and commencement. proclamation in the Gazette.
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SCHEDULE
PROVISIONS OF LAWS AMENDED OR REPEALED (Section 63)
No. and year of law Short title
Act No. 32of1944 ..... Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944 ... .. ........... .
Act No. 59 of1959 .. .. Supreme Court Act, 1959
Extent of amendment or repeal
1. The re~al of section 14 (1), (1A), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) and (9).
2. The amendment of section 15 by the substitution in subsection (4) for the words "deputy messenger" of the word "sheriff".
3. The repeal of sections 18 and 18A. 4. The amendment of section 107 by the substitut-
ion for the word "deputy-messenger", wherever it appears, of the words "deputy sheriff'.
1. The amendment of section ~ (a) by the substitution for paragraph (a) of subsec-
tion (1) of the following paragraph: "(a) The Minister may, subject to the laws gov-
erning the public service; appoint for the Supreme Court registrars, assistant regis- trars [sheriffs, additional sheriffs, deputy sherilTs] and other officers whenever they may be required for the administration of justice or the execution of the powers and authorities of the said court [Provided that if the duties to be performed by any deputy- sheriff are in the opinion of the Public Ser· vice Commission insufficient to keep at least one person folly occupied throughout the year, and no officer In the public service is in the opinion of tbe said Commission able to perform the duties of such deputy-sheriff in addition to his other duties, or if in tbe opin- ion of the Minister the duties of such deputy· sheriff can be performed satisfactorilY and at less cost to tbe State by a person wbo is not an officer in the public service, the Minister may appoint any person as sucll deputy· sheriff at such remuneration and on such conditions as the Minister may determine].";
(b) by the substitution for paragraph (b) of subsec- tion (1) of the following paragraph: "(b) Whenever by reason of absence or incapaci-
ty a registrar ,2t assistant registrar [ or sher· iff] is unable to carry out the functions of his office, or his office becomes vacant, the Minister may authorize any other compet- ent officer of the public service to act in the place of the absent or incapacitated officer during such absence or incapacity or to act in the vacant office until the vacancy is filled: Provided that when any such vacancy has remained unfilled for a continuous period exceeding six months the fact shall be reported to the [Pubic Service] Commis- sion for Administration."; and
(c) by the deletion of paragrat~h (c) of subsection (1) and subsections (3), ( 4), (5) and (6).
2. The repeal of sections 34A and 35.
3. The amendment of section 36- (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the fol-
lowing subsection: "(1) The sheriff or (the].!. deputy-sheriff [con-
cerned or his assistant] shall execute all sen- tences, decrees, judgments, writs, summonses, rules, orders, warrants, commands and processes of the court directed to the sheriff and make re- turn of the manner of execution thereof to the court and to the party at whose instance they were issued."; and
(b) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the fol- lowing subsection:
" (2) The return of the sheriff or a deputy- sheriff [or his asswtant] of what has been done upon any process of the court, shall be prima fa- Cie evidence of the matters therein stated.". .
4. The repeal of sections 37 and 38.
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No. and year oflaw
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Short title Extent of amendment or repeal
5. The amendment of section 40- (a) by the. substitution for paragraph (a) of the fol-
lowing paragraph: "(a) obstructs a sheriff or deputy-sheriff [or his
assistant] in the execution of his duty;"; (b) by the substitution for paragraph (c) of the fol-
lowing paragraph: "(c) being a judgment debtor and being required
by a sheriff or deputy-sheriff (or bls assist· ant] to point out property to satisfy a war- rant issued in execution of judgment against such person- (i) falsely declares to that sheriff or depu-
ty-sheriff (or his assistant] that he po- sesses no property or insufficient prop- erty to satisfy the warrant; or
(ii) although knowing of such property neg- lects or refuses to point out such prop- erty or to deliver it to the sheriff or deputy-sheriff (or his assistant] when requested to do so; or"; and
(c) by the substitution for paragraph (d) of the fol- lowing paragraph:
"(d) being a judgment debtor refuses or neg- lects to comply with any requirement of a sheriff or deputy-sheriff (or bis assistaDt] in regard to the delivery of documents in his possession or under his control relating to the title of the immovable property under execution,".

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