Fines Adjustment Act

Several of the older sets of legislation’s penal clauses with regard to fines sentences have never been revised or adapted to keep track with the current economic climate. Some prescribed fines are totally inappropriate and do not fit the seriousness of the offence. By applying the regulations of the Fines Adjustment Act (Act 101 of 1991), a judge or magistrate may hand down a heavier fine sentence in criminal cases than for example prescribed by the relevant act under which the accused is being prosecuted.