n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Bail : A Practitioner's Guide, John van der Berg : boekbesprekings




It is eleven years since the second edition of this work was published and, as in many other fields of the law, a great many things have since changed in the law relating to bail, making the demand for an updated and modernized new edition inevitable. Bail forms an important part of the law of criminal procedure, not only in respect of the crucial impact it has on the freedom of the individual but also as a first introduction for members of the public (including complainants) to the criminal justice system. News agencies thrive on arrests and subsequent bail applications when details of the crimes are still fresh in the memory and the public bays for blood, but often do regrettably little to educate their readership on the aims and purposes of bail. This enthusiasm is seldom still visible when the trial eventually commences months later. As a result of this, bail applications and bail decisions often take place under a fair amount of pressure, undoubtedly complicating matters for role players in the criminal justice system. It is for this reason that an up to date and user-friendly practice manual to the law of bail is indispensable to practitioners.


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