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dc.contributor.advisor Lötter, Sunette, 1959- en
dc.contributor.advisor Conradie, H. en
dc.contributor.author Badenhorst, Charmain en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:47:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:47:41Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:47:41Z
dc.date.submitted 2006-11-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/897
dc.description.abstract In this project the various International Instruments, namely the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child; 1989, the Beijing Rules and the African Charter, relating to the guidelines of the establishment of a minimum age for criminal capacity are furnished. The developments regarding the issue of criminal capacity since 1998 in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong are highlighted. The historical position and the current position in South African law with regard to the issue of criminal capacity are discussed as well as the implementation thereof by our courts. The statistics on children under 14 years in prison over the past five years are furnished. The introduction of the Child Justice Bill, 2002 by Parliament and the deliberations following the introduction, focusing on the issue of criminal capacity is highlighted. The proposed provisions of the Child Justice Bill, 49 of 2002 codifying the present common law presumptions and the raising of the minimum age for criminal capacity are furnished. The evaluation of criminal capacity and the important factors to be assessed are discussed as provided for in the Child Justice Bill, 49 of 2002. A practical illustration of a case where the criminal capacity of a child offender was considered by the court is, discussed and other important developmental factors that should also be taken into consideration by the court are identified and discussed. Important issues relating to criminal capacity, namely, time and number of assessments, testimonial competency of the child offender, evolving capacities and age determination are discussed and possible problems identified and some solutions offered. The research included an 11-question questionnaire to various professionals working in field of child justice regarding the issue of criminal capacity and the evaluation thereof. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 187 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Juvenile offenders en
dc.subject Child Justice en
dc.subject criminal capacity of juvenile offenders assessment en
dc.subject evaluation en
dc.subject doli incapax en
dc.subject common law presumptions en
dc.subject Child Justice Bill 2002 en
dc.subject children en
dc.subject Assessment
dc.subject Criminal capacity of children
dc.subject.ddc 364.360968
dc.subject.lcsh Juvenile delinquency -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Juvenile justice, Administration of -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Juvenile courts -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal liability -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Children's rights -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Children -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Child welfare -- South Africa
dc.title Criminal capacity of children en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.email djagegjj@unisa.ac.za en
dc.description.department Criminal and Procedural law en
dc.description.degree D.Litt. et Phil. (Criminology) en


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