n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Editorial




The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 is one of the most important single pieces of legislation affecting criminal justice administration in South Africa, to have been passed since 1994. It introduced a new criminal justice system for child offenders, requiring a different approach to be taken with respect to all children who come into conflict with the law. This different approach is required from every branch of the criminal justice system, from the police and probation services, to those institutions responsible for the execution of court orders and sentences. Being new, the Act requires constant attention from the courts and from academic writers. In a modest attempt to facilitate this process, the editors decided to dedicate this edition of the to a variety of issues related to the Act. To this end, we invited contributions from a variety of established authors on the topic, as well as a few newer names.


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