Children - At what age can I? PDF Print E-mail

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?

 

Click here to download: Legal Guide to Age Thresholds for Children

 

This Guide (April 2011 - Edition 5) is a product of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.

 

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16 August 2018

Press Release - Centre for Child Law and Lawyers for Human Rights ask High Court to ensure birth registration for children of unmarried fathers

The Centre for Child Law (CCL) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) are appealing a High Court judgment that failed to find section 10 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act unconstitutional.

The CCL and LHR have amassed cases that relate to the barriers faced by children born to unmarried fathers to have their births registered. In essence, these children's births cannot be registered due to impediments in the Act and its Regulations. The Centre and LHR are particularly concerned that section 10 of the Act and regulation 12, which prevent unmarried fathers from registering births of their children unless their mothers are present.

For more please see the press release below:

Press Release

 

 

Centre for Child Law