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Child Law in South Africa
Trynie Boezaart

Child Law in South Africa is the updated and greatly expanded successor to Introduction to Child Law in South Africa (2000). In recent years child law has developed into a well-defined field, both in legal practice and in research. Child Law in South Africa, with its eighteen new and seven entirely updated chapters, is intended as a source of first reference for all legal questions pertaining to children.

 

This publication is, amongst others, aimed at addressing some of the burning issues that are frequently dealt with in a multi-disciplinary way. It provides insight into the profound influence of recent legislation – e.g. the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 – and comments on ground-breaking case law and the latest research findings in the field.

 

Written by 23 experts in the field, Child Law in South Africa reflects the enormous scope and dynamics involved in child law and is sure to encourage further debate and analysis.

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Commentary on the Children’s Act (Revision Service 2, 2010)
CJ Davel & AM Skelton

Written by the team of experts who were actively involved in drafting and commenting on the Bill, Commentary on the Children’s Act is the first section-by-section guide to the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. Every section of the Act is discussed within the context of the Act and its origin, giving practical guidance on its interpretation and application.

The Commentary is updated  up to Revision Service 2, 2010, with outstanding chapters dealt with in the Children’s Amendment Bill and forthcoming regulations.

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Justice for child victims and witnesses of crime
Edited by the Centre for Child Law

Child victims and witnesses of crime are amongst the most vulnerable people in the justice system. The United Nations issued guidelines for their protection in 2005. This publication sets out the guidelines in the South African context.

Does South African law reflect these guidelines? What are the challenges to be faced in order to bring South African law and practice in line with these international standards? Answers to these questions are provided in this up-to-date analysis of the current state of the law.

This publication is a useful guide for students of law, as well as for practitioners who work with children in the courts. Launched during the internationally recognised “16 days of activism to end violence against women and children”, the publication is designed to be of assistance in the everyday working life of presiding officers, prosecutors, defence lawyers, social workers, intermediaries and other professionals.

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Read more about this publication on the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) website

 

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Latest News

18 May 2018

Centre for Child Law represented at Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children in Africa

On 8 to 10 May 2018, the Centre's Karabo Ozah and Zita Hansungule attended the Continental Conference on
Access to Justice for Children in Africa held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference was hosted by the African
Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and Defence for Children International (DCI).

The discussions and deliberations dealt with a number of issues related to access to justice for children including:
legal pluralism in Africa and its impact on access to justice for children; access to justice for children in the context
of armed conflict; vulnerability and access to justice for children; access to justice for children with disabilities in Africa;
and technology and children's access to justice.

A new report from ACPF was launched at the conference: "Spotlighting the invisible – Justice for Children in Africa".
The Centre's Ms Karabo Ozah reflected on the report as a child right's expert. Ms Ozah reflections on the findings of the
report; highlighted practical realities dealt with in the report; and gave recommendations on the way forward. Ms 
Hansungule reflected on the litigation and advocacy work that the Centre has engaged in to ensure access for children
with psychosocial disabilities, in particular children with behavioural difficulties. 

At the conclusion of the Conference a call to action was adopted by participants. The call to action urged various duty
bearers to make access to justice a reality for all children on the African continent. The duty bearers include: African
Governments; AU Organs and Treaty Bodies; The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; Civil Society Organisations;
International Non-Governmental Organisations; UN Agencies; Academic Institutions; and Development and Multilateral
partners.

The Centre for Child Law aims to use the report and call for action to enhance their work in protecting and promoting
the rights of children, in particular access to justice for children, in South Africa and work towards a child-friendly justice
system.

For more read an article on the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Law website here.

 

 

 

 

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