oa Article 40 - Child Justice Bill passed by National Assembly

Volume 10 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



On 25 June 2008, the National Assembly of the South African parliament passed the Child Justice Bill. Although this is not the final step in the enactment of the Bill, it signals the highest level of parliamentary acceptance of the principles, rights and procedures contained in the Bill. Before its final enactment in parliament and it being signed into law by the President, the Bill's content still needs to be examined by the National Council of Provinces, whereupon it will return to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development. In any event, the Bill specifically states that the date of commencement of the Child Justice Act is 1 April 2010, so while the passing of the Bill by the National Assembly was indeed a momentous occasion for child justice in South Africa, it will still take some time before we see a fully operational legislative framework for children in conflict with the law.

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