oa Article 40 - Costing child justice

Volume 2 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



The South African Law Commission's Project Committee on Juvenile Justice released Discussion Paper 79, with a Draft Bill, in December 1998. In essence, the Draft Bill seeks to place emphasis on effective action in the period immediately following arrest and before trial. Cases which do go to court will be prioritised, and an increased range of sentencing options, including many alternatives to imprisonment, are provided for. But the Draft Bill is also unique in a different way : from all accounts, it is the first piece of draft legislation in South Africa for which the costs of implementation have been explored in detail prior to it being tabled in Parliament. This article looks at some of the findings this of costing exercise.

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