oa Article 40 - Latest developments regarding the Child Justice Bill

Volume 5 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Extracted from text ... 9 to reverse onus for bail to children; retaining the minimum sentence provisions for children aged 16 and 17 years; lengthening the periods for diversion programmes; and excluding certain offences from the possibility of diversion. This is a disappointing move, as the provisions of the original Bill, as introduced into Parliament, were widely consulted on in the drafting process and were not challenged, but in fact supported, at the public hearings held by the Committee. Furthermore, it is highly questionable whether society will ultimately be protected by placing children under 14 years in a harsh and unforgiving prison ..

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