Supreme Court Rules 1970
Division 2 Summary jurisdiction
This Division applies to proceedings in the Court under the Part 5 of Chapter 4 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (in this Division called the subject Act).
For the purposes of applying rules other than this Part to proceedings to which this Division applies, unless the context or subject matter otherwise indicates or requires, plaintiff means “prosecutor”.
6 Rules applicable
In addition to the rules mentioned in rules 2 and 3, the following provisions of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 apply, so far as applicable, to proceedings to which this Division applies:(a) rule 4.10,(b) rules 6.15 and 6.16,(c) Part 19,(d) rule 34.1,(e) Part 36.
7 Commencement of proceedings
Proceedings for an offence under any Act which may be taken before the Court in its summary jurisdiction shall be commenced in the Court by summons claiming an order under section 246 of the subject Act in respect of the offence and claiming that the defendant be dealt with according to law for commission of the offence.
8 Copies of order
When the prosecutor files the summons, he shall lodge with the registrar two or more copies of a minute of the order which he claims.
(1) The summons and any affidavit in support of an application under section 246 of the subject Act shall not, unless the Court so directs, be served before the making of the order but shall be served on the defendant when the minute of order is served on him.(2) Subject to any Act, a minute of any order made under section 246 (1) or section 250 (b) of the subject Act and any affidavits used to obtain either of those orders shall be served personally upon the defendant.
10 Evidence of service
Evidence of service of any document in any proceedings to which this Division applies may be given by affidavit.
(1) Where the Court, by subpoena or otherwise, orders any person to produce any document or thing, and any person makes and substantiates sufficient lawful objection to production on grounds of privilege, the Court shall not compel production of that document or thing except production to the Court for the purpose of ruling on the objection.(2) Where a question is put to a person in the course of examination, and any person makes and substantiates sufficient lawful objection on grounds of privilege to the question being answered, the Court shall not compel an answer to the question.(3) Subrule (1) applies where an order is made for production to, and subrule (2) applies where a question is put to a person in the course of examination before, the Court or a Judge or any officer of the Court, or any examiner, referee, arbitrator or other person authorised to receive evidence, whether on a trial or hearing or on any other occasion.(3A) Where a party to any proceedings claims privilege from production of any document, the Court may, if it thinks fit:(a) permit evidence in relation to the claim to be given by any other party by affidavit or otherwise, and(b) permit cross-examination on any affidavit used in support of the claim.(4) This rule does not affect any rule of law which authorises or requires the withholding of any document or thing or the refusal to answer any question on the ground that the disclosure of the document or thing or the answering of the question would be injurious to the public interest.(5) Subrules (1), (2) and (3) do not apply to an objection to produce any document or thing or to answer any question on the ground mentioned in subrule (4).
11 Pre-trial procedures
(1) The procedures prescribed by this rule shall be complete before the trial of a case commences.(2) This rule does not apply where the person charged with an offence pleads guilty to the offence or where the Judge dismisses the charge under section 249 (1) or 251 of the subject Act.(3) In this rule, trial includes the hearing and determination of the case and the adjudication on the case under section 250 (a) of the subject Act.(4) The Judge may, of his own motion or on the application of a party:(a) make orders and give directions for the just and efficient disposal of the proceedings,(b) without limiting the generality of paragraph (a), make such orders and give such directions as may be appropriate relating to:(i) the giving by the plaintiff to the defendant of particulars or further and better particulars,(ii) the giving by the plaintiff to the defendant of a list of persons who it is expected will be called to give evidence at the trial or, if the Judge thinks fit, who have made statements in writing but who it is expected will not be so called,(iii) the giving by the plaintiff to the defendant of a copy of any statement made in writing by any person whose evidence it is expected will be given at the trial or, if that person has not made a statement in writing or if the Judge thinks fit, of a summary of the evidence which it is expected he will give at the trial,(iv) the giving by the plaintiff to the defendant of a list of documents or things which it is expected will be tendered in evidence at the trial,(v) the giving by the plaintiff to the defendant of copies of documents,(vi) inspection by the defendant of documents or of property,(vii) evidence, including evidence under section 69 of the Evidence Act,(viii) any admission or consent of the defendant under section 184 of the Evidence Act 1995, and(ix) any alibi.(5) The procedures prescribed by this rule are completed when the Judge certifies that in his opinion the pre-trial procedures prescribed by this rule have been completed.
11A Procedure where defendant does not appear
cf Act No 27 of 1902, s 75A.
If a defendant charged with two or more offences, whether of a like or different nature, does not appear at the time and place appointed for the hearing of the charges by the orders relating thereto, the Judge, upon proof in the manner prescribed of the due service of the orders upon him a reasonable time before the time appointed for his appearance, may proceed to hear and determine all or any of the charges together and adjudicate thereon in the absence of the defendant.
11B Defendant to plead
cf Act No 27 of 1902, s 78.
(1) Where the defendant appears at the hearing and has been provided with a written copy of the charges against him, the substance of the order under section 246 (1) of the subject Act shall be stated to him, and he shall be asked if he has any cause to show why he should not be convicted or why an order should not be made against him.(2) If he thereupon admits the truth of the charges and shows no sufficient cause why he should not be convicted or why an order should not be made against him, the Judge shall convict him or make an order against him accordingly.(3) If he does not admit the truth of the charges, the Judge shall proceed to hear the prosecutor and the witnesses whom he examines and such other evidence as he adduces in support of the charges and to hear the defendant and the witnesses whom he examines and such other evidence as he adduces in his defence.
13 Termination of proceedings in a court of petty sessions
(1) A Local Court is notified under section 255 of the subject Act of the commencement of proceedings under the subject Act for an offence when a minute of the order made under section 246 of the subject Act is delivered to a Magistrate or an authorised officer within the meaning of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 at the Local Court before which the proceedings for that offence are pending.(2) A notice stating that the proceedings in the Local Court for the offence charged in the order have been terminated shall be served on the defendant with the minute of order under section 246 of the subject Act.
14 Arrest warrants
(cf former Part 42, rule 7)
(1) Subject to rules of court:(a) if, by subpoena or otherwise, the Court makes an order, whether under an Act or under rules of court:(i) for a person to attend the Court for any purpose, or(ii) for a person to produce any document or thing to the Court, andthe Court may issue, or make an order for the issue of, a warrant for the person’s arrest.(b) the person fails to comply with the order,(2) Subject to rules of court, an arrest warrant may be issued without notice to the person.(3) The Court may revoke an arrest warrant.(4) An arrest warrant is sufficient authority for any person to whom it is addressed, with the assistance of such police officers as may be necessary, to arrest the person named in the warrant, to convey the person to the place specified in the warrant and to deliver the person into the custody of the Court sitting at that place.