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Cabinet Decision and Date/Year of Enactment Date of Review Name of Document Purpose/Rationale of Policy(ies)/ Strategies

21 December 2003

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Magistrates Act, 2003, so as to provide for the appointment of assistant magistrates for the purposes of postponing criminal cases; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

21 December 2003

Not yet reviewed

amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to provide for the making of special arrangements for vulnerable witnesses; to further regulate the admissibility of certain unsworn or unfirmed evidence and to determine the weight to be attached to certain evidence; to make provision for the manner of cross-examination of witnesses under a certain age; to provide for the admission as evidence of certain medical records as evidence; to provide for the admission as evidence of certain statements made out of court; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

21 November 2005

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Insolvency Act, 1936, so as to amend, insert or delete certain definitions; to delete references to laws that are not applicable in Namibia; to abolish the requirement that certain notices be published in newspapers; to provide that certain forms, amounts, fees and tariffs may be prescribed by the Minister by regulation; to adjust certain provisions to be compatible with the Namibian Constitution and other laws of Namibia; to increase certain amounts specified in the said Act; to delete certain provisions which are no longer applicable; to provide for certain notices to be given by registered post; to provide for the termination of an employee’s contract of service in accordance with the Labour Act, 2004; to provide for the convening of a special meeting of creditors for the purpose of interrogating an insolvent; to provide that when a trustee disputes a claim, the trustee is required to furnish the claimant with reasons; to provide that the High Court may on application authorize the appointment as trustee of a person who is disqualified on certain grounds; to provide for the deletion of the qualification that the Master of the High Court need not give the actual reason for declining to confirm the election of a trustee; to require an insolvent to give notice of the intention to apply for rehabilitation to all known creditors and to specify the assets of the insolvent estate; to abolish the requirement that an insolvent must keep proper records in Dutch or German; to extend the Minister’s power to make regulations; to substitute certain expressions; to repeal the Schedules to the said Act; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

21 September 2000

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Legal Aid Act, 1990, so as to empower the Minister to withdraw the appointment of any person as legal aid counsel or to limit any act or function of such counsel; to provide for the repeal of a provision dealing with the issuing of legal aid certificates in certain circumstances; to provide for a refund of any amount of contribution; to provide for offences and penalties; and to provide for incidental matters.

22 September 1997

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1944 so as to increase the civil jurisdiction of magistrates; to increase the amounts which are the subject matter of administration orders given by magistrates; and to increase the jurisdiction of magistrates in criminal matters.

23 August 1995

Not yet reviewed

To consolidate and amend the laws relating to the legal profession and legal practitioners; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

23 December 2002

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Legal Practitioners Act, 1995 so as to prohibit candidate legal practitioners to accept, receive or hold moneys for or on account of another person; to make provision that the High Court may on application of the Law Society grant an order for the temporary suspension of a legal practitioner pending the determination of a complaint of unprofessional or dishonourable or unworthy conduct by the Disciplinary Committee; to extend from one year to two years the period for which members of the Council of the Law Society shall hold office; to exclude liability of the Legal Practitioners' Fidelity Fund in the case of theft of moneys entrusted to or controlled by a legal practitioner in the course of an investment practice; to abolish the conferment of senior counsel status to legal practitioners; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

23 December 2005

Not yet reviewed

To amend the following laws, namely the Stock Theft Act, 1990; the Police Act, 1990; the Arms and Ammunition Act, 1996; the Security Enterprises and Security Officers Act, 1998; the Second Hand Goods Act, 1998; and the Motor Vehicle Theft Act, 1999, so as to assign the administration of those Acts to the Minister responsible for policing; and to amend the Prisons Act, 1998, so as to assign the administration of that Act to the Minister responsible for prison services; and to provide for certain other matters.

23 July 1993

Not yet reviewed

To provide for the holding of inquests in cases of deaths or alleged deaths apparently occurring other- wise than from natural causes; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

23 June 1999

Not yet reviewed

To provide for the temporary suspension of the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, 1995 relating to the conferment of the status of Senior Counsel to legal practitioners.

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