2021

    • KHD v HOD, Department of Social Development & Others

      Theme: Proper interpretation of section 239(1)(d) of the Children’s Act to recommend an adoption

      Reference: High Court, Pretoria Case No. 30205/2019

      Downloads:
      High Court judgment: PDF

    • Centre for Child Law v Director General: Department of Home Affairs and Others

      Theme: Birth registration of children’s births by unmarried fathers

      Reference: [2021] ZACC 31

      Downloads:
      Constitutional Court judgment: PDF

    • Mpolokeng M Kedibane obo MK and MT v Road Accident Fund (Centre for Child Law as amicus curiae)

      Theme: Payments by the Road Accident Fund in claims involving children

      Reference: High Court, Johannesburg Case No. 1677/2019

      Downloads:
      High Court judgment: PDF

    • MK v National Student Financial Aid Scheme and Another

      Theme: Access to student financial aid for young persons who are permanent residents

      Reference: High Court, Pretoria Case No. TBC

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Founding Affidavit: PDF

2020

    • Centre for Child Law v Department of Basic Education

      Theme: Protecting learners with disabilities returning to school during Covid-19 pandemic

      Reference: High Court, Free State Case No. 2477/2020, 4 August 2020

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Founding Affidavit: PDF
      High Court Order: PDF

    • Hassim N.O. v MEC, Department of Social Development, Free State

      Theme: The care, protection and provision of education for a child with behavioural difficulties

      Reference: High Court, Free State Case No. 2477/2020, 4 August 2020

      Downloads:
      High Court Judgment: PDF

    • S v L M and Others

      Theme: The decriminalisation of the use and possession of cannabis by children and not the legalisation

      Reference: [2020] ZAGPJHC 170; [2020] 4 All SA 249 (GJ); 2020 (2) SACR 509 (GJ); 2021 (1) SA 285 (GJ) (31 July 2020)

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Submissions: PDF
      High Court Judgment: PDF

    • Equal Education & Others v Minister of Basic Education & Others

      Theme: Reinstatement of the National School Nutrition Programmed during school closure as a result of Covid19 lockdown

      Reference: High Court, Pretoria Case No. 22588/2020, 2 July 2020

      Downloads:
      Children’s Institute’s Heads of Argument as Amicus Curiae (represented by the Centre for Child Law): PDF

    • AB and Another v Pridwin Preparatory School and Others

      Theme: Protection of the Right to Basic Education for children in independent (private) schools

      Reference: Constitutional Court, [2020] ZACC 12, 16 May 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law submissions as Amicus Curiae: PDF
      Constitutional Court Judgment: PDF

    • Centre for Child Law v Director- General:Department of Home Affairs and Others

      Theme: Undocumented children’s right to birth registration

      Reference: Eastern Cape High Court, Grahamstown, Case No. CA 319/2018, 19 May 2019

      Downloads:
      High Court Judgment: PDF

    • National Adoption Coalition of South Africa v Head of Department of Social Development, for the Province of KZN and Others

      Theme: Addressing bottlenecks in the KZN adoption system

      Reference: Kwa-Zulu Natal, High Court, Durban [2020] ZAKZDHC 6, 1 November 2019

      Downloads:
      High Court Court Judgment: PDF

2019

    • Centre for Child Law and Others v Minister of Basic Education and Others

      Theme: Undocumented children’s right to access basic education

      Reference: High Court, Grahamstown Case No. 2840/2017, 12 December 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Heads of Argument (on behalf of 37 learners): PDF
      High Court judgment: PDF

    • Centre for Child Law and Others v Media 24 Limited and Others

      Theme: Protecting the identities of child victims, witnesses & offenders before and after they turn 18 years old

      Reference: Constitutional Court, [2019] ZACC 46, 4 December 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Heads of Argument: PDF
      Centre for Child Law 2nd Heads of Argument: PDF
      Constitutional Court judgment: PDF

    • Minister of Social Development v Centre for Child Law

      Theme: Comprehensive legal solution for an overburdened foster care system

      Reference: High Court, Pretoria Case No. 72513/2017, 26 November 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Opposing Affidavit: PDF
      High Court order (by agreement): PDF

    • Moodley v Kenmont School and Others (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae)

      Theme: Constitutionality of section 58A(4) of the Schools Act that states that “the assets of a public school may not be attached as a result of any legal action taken against the school”

      Reference: Constitutional Court, [2019] ZACC 37, 9 October 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law heads of argument: PDF
      Constitutional Court judgment: PDF

    • Freedom of Religion South Africa v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others

      Theme: Constitutionality of the defence of reasonable chastisement (corporal punishment in the home)

      Reference: Constitutional Court, [2019] ZACC 34; 2019 (11) BCLR 1321 (CC); 2020 (1) SA 1 (CC), 18 September 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law heads of argument: PDF
      Constitutional Court judgment: PDF

    • S v S and Another (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae)

      Theme: Appealing rule 43 orders (maintenance orders)

      Reference: Constitutional Court, [2019] ZACC 22; 2019 (8) BCLR 989 (CC); 2019 (6) SA 1 (CC), 27 June 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Heads of Argument: PDF
      Constitutional Court judgment: PDF

    • Centre for Child Law & 37 Learners v Minister of Basic Education (Constitutional Court)

      Theme: Urgent placement of undocumented learners

      Reference: Constitutional Court, case CCT 19/19, 15 February 2019

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Affidavit to the Constitutional Court: PDF
      Constitutional Court order (by agreement): PDF

2018

    • Centre for Child Law & 37 Learners v Minister of Basic Education

      Reference: High Court of South Africa, Eastern Cape Division, case 3317/18

      Downloads:
      High Court judgment – PDF

    • Centre for Child Law & Others v Media24 & Others

      Reference: Supreme Court of Appeal, case 871/2017

      Downloads:
      Centre for Child Law Heads of Argument – PDF
      Media Houses’ Heads of Argument – PDF
      Case Chronology – PDF
      Supreme Court of Appeal Judgment – PDF

      Issue:
      Protecting the identities of child victims, witnesses and offenders

    • Naki & Others v Director-General: Department of Home Affairs and Another

      Reference: High Court, Eastern Cape, case 4994/2016 (2018)

      Downloads: Judgment – PDF

      Issue: Ensuring access to birth registration for all children

    • NS v Presiding Officer of the Children's Court, Johannesburg

      Reference: [2018] ZAGPJHC 59

      Downloads: Judgment – PDF

      Issue: Children’s Court jurisdiction to hear adoption matters

2017

    • Dladla and Another v The City of Johannesburg

      Reference: 2018 (2) BCLR 119 (CC); 2018 (2) SA 327 (CC)

      Downloads: Judgment –
      PDF

      Issue: Temporary housing accommodation

    • YG v The State

      Reference: 2018 (1) SACR 64 (GJ)

      Downloads: Judgment –
      PDF

      Issue: Corporal punishment in the home and the use of the defence of reasonable chastisement

    • Botha N.O. v MEC of Education, Western Cape

      Reference: Western Cape Division, Cape Town, case 24611/11

      Downloads: CCL Heads –

      PDF

      Issue: Protecting learners from community school’s eviction from private land

    • Centre for Child Law and 4 Others v Media 24 Limited and 13 Others (Part B)

      Reference: North Gauteng High Court – Pretoria, case 23871/15

      Downloads:

      Issue: protection of a child’s identity in section 154(3) of CPA

2016

    • CCL v MEC Social Development, Gauteng & Others

      Reference: North Gauteng High Court, case 73662/16 (4 October 2016)
      PDF

      Issue: Policy for children with behavioural disorders

    • ADT and Another v MEC for Health and Social Development

      Reference: Western Cape High Court, case 27428/10 (2016)

      Issue: payment system for cerebral palsy cases

    • AB and Surrogacy Advisory Group v. the Minister of Social Development (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae)

      Reference: Constitutional Court, case CCT 155/15
      Judgment;
      CCL submissions

      Issue: Surrogacy

    • The State v SD

    • MR v Minister of Safety & Security

      Reference:
      Constitutional Court Judgment case no CCT 151/15

      Issue: Best interests of child when arresting child

    • Breytenbach N.O. v Minister of Home Affairs and Others

      Reference:
      Unreported High Court Judgment case no 50365/14

      Issue: Citizenship of children born to a South African parent

2015

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