IS THE ACT WORKING FOR CHILDREN? The first year of implementation of the Child Justice Act

  • Lorenzo Wakefield University of the Western Cape
Keywords: Child Justice Act, child, children, implementation, annual report, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development,

Abstract

The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 mandates the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to report annually on the implementation of the Child Justice Act to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development. On 1 April 2011 a year had passed since the implementation of the Child Justice Act. This article interrogates the annual report presented to parliament on the first year of implementation of the Act, and concludes that it is not possible to accurately assess whether the Child Justice Act was implemented fully during the year, as the statistics provided in the annual report by different departments are unclear and incomparable. The article also reflects those aspects of the Act that have been implemented.

Author Biography

Lorenzo Wakefield, University of the Western Cape
Children's Rights Project, Community Law Centre
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Published
2011-03-08
Section
Research articles