n SA Crime Quarterly - Evaluating the Western Cape community courts : petty crimes that matter
|Article Title||Evaluating the Western Cape community courts : petty crimes that matter|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Security Studies (ISS)|
|Journal||SA Crime Quarterly|
|Author||Melanie Lue-Dugmore, Vanja Karth and Jean Redpath|
|Publication Date||Mar 2006|
|Pages||27 - 34|
By focusing on petty crimes, community courts hope to encourage a 'zero tolerance' approach to criminality, develop integrated and constructive responses to local crime problems, and alleviate case loads in magistrates' courts. Based on an evaluation of three community courts in the Western Cape, this article argues that overall, the courts are functioning satisfactorily. Challenges in the areas of planning, public awareness, police data collection, and the provision of diversion and alternative sentencing options must, however, be addressed.
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