n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Unreasonable delays in criminal trials and the remedy of a permanent stay of prosecution : regspraak

Volume 2007, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Unreasonable and unnecessary delays in the finalisation of criminal trials not only have a detrimental effect on the constitutional rights of accused persons, but also contribute to the ever burgeoning awaiting trial population in the country's correctional service centres. This creates unacceptable and inhumane conditions of detention for tens of thousands of individuals waiting to be processed through the criminal justice system (also see Van Zyl Smit (2005) 17; Steinberg "Prison overcrowding and the constitutional right to adequate accommodation in South Africa".

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