TYPES OF SENTENCES WHICH CAN BE IMPOSED BY COURTS

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There are several sentencing options from which the court can choose to sentence an accused with after conviction and they are the following:

  1. Direct Imprisonment which is regulated by Section 276 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.
  2. Periodical Imprisonment
  3. A Fine
  4. Warning
  5. Suspended sentence in various forms
    1. Direct imprisonment and a fine which is suspended in whole
    2. Direct imprisonment coupled with a fine. (If the fine is paid the Direct imprisonment is suspended)
  6. Correctional Supervision.

DECLARATION BY COURT

A Court can further declare a person to be one of the Following:

  1. Habitual Criminal
  2. Dangerous Criminal

These are declarations that obviously influence one’s status and therefore can only be declared by a Regional and High Court. This can furthermore serve as another sentence

 

COMPENSATION ORDER BY CRIMINAL COURT

In terms of Section 300 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 a Court can furthermore order an Accused to pay damages compensation to the Complainant. This can furthermore serve as part of a sentence.

 

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