Children - At what age can I?
The law considers the age of a child as an important factor in various situations. The Legal guide to age thresholds for children and young people (April 2011) outlines (among other things) the ages at which a child can act independently from his/her parents or guardians and also sets out various legal rules relevant to the particular ages of children.
Topics covered include:
- At what age can children make decisions and act on their own without assistance from their parents?
- What are the age thresholds for children to access social grants or housing subsidies?
- At what age can a child sign a legal contract, be prosecuted for a crime, smoke or be detained in prison?
This Guide (April 2011 - Edition 5) is a product of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.
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12 April 2017
Centre for Child Law in case to protect community
The Centre for Child Law is Third Respondent in a case concerning the eviction of a school and a community from private land. Hearings started yesterday and will continue until Thursday 13 April 2017.
Case name: Botha N.O. v MEC for Education, Western Cape
- CCL's Heads of Argument here.
- CCL's press release here.
- Read Groundup article here.
11 April 2017
CCL candidate attorney applications open until 20 April 2017
Read the job advert here. Applications close 20 April 2017.