oa Article 40 - Quality justice vs quantity (in)justice - a personal reflection on 12 months spent representing children in Juvenile Court

Volume 5 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Extracted from text ... 10 The crime rate in South Africa increases daily. Worse still, the perpetrators seem to get younger with each court appearance. Because of their age and lack of capacity or understanding, juveniles must be treated differently from adult accused. The government has clearly understood the need for special treatment of juveniles, which resulted in the introduction, late last year, of the Child Justice Bill (B49 of 2002). A central theme of this progressive piece of legislation is that children should, as far as possible, be kept out of prison and, where possible, should be diverted out of the criminal justice system ..

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