—(1) A person who is accused of a prescribed offence and is a prescribed person under subsection (7)(b) may plead guilty electronically to that offence by paying the fine and any prescribed fee under subsection (7)(c) in accordance with this section.
(2) To plead guilty electronically, the accused must —
enter a plea of guilty at a computer terminal designated by the Registrar of the Subordinate Courts for that purpose within the prescribed time; and
pay in advance the fine fixed by the supervising Magistrate as the sentence to be imposed on an accused who pleads guilty electronically to that offence.
(3) The Registrar of the Subordinate Courts must, within a reasonable time after the accused has entered the plea and paid the fine, send to the supervising Magistrate a record of the guilty plea and of the fine paid.
(4) When the supervising Magistrate is satisfied that the fine fixed under subsection (2)(b) has been paid, he shall convict the accused of the prescribed offence in the accused’s absence and record the fine paid as the sentence passed for that offence.
(5) The supervising Magistrate may, at any stage of the proceedings, require the accused to attend in person and, if necessary, enforce his attendance by —
issuing a summons if the case appears to be one in which, according to the fourth column of the First Schedule, he should first issue a summons; or
issuing a warrant if the case appears to be one in which, according to that column, the Magistrate should first issue a warrant, or if he thinks fit, by issuing a summons causing the accused to be brought or to appear at a certain time before him.
(7) For the purposes of this section, the Minister may make regulations to prescribe —
the offences punishable by fine or by imprisonment of 12 months or less or both to which this section applies;
the class of persons who qualify to plead guilty electronically under this section;
the fee to be paid for the use of the computer terminal referred to in subsection (2)(a);
the method of paying fines and fees under this section;
the time within which an accused may plead guilty electronically; and
all matters necessary or convenient to give effect to this section.