oa News and Views for Magistrates - The best interests of the child and speedy determination of Children's Court matters



Extracted from text ... Due to heavy workloads, and perhaps coupled with lack of organisational skills on the part of the social worker concerned, it is not unusual for a magistrate to be asked to postpone a children's court case (other than adoption) which has been on the roll for two years or more. These postponements are supposed to be done every 14 days after opening of the children's court enquiry and pending finalisation of the inquiry i.t.o. Sec 15(1) of the Act. They are coupled with an order (addressed to the place-of-safety) to detain the child further. The form used in this respect ..


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