DETERMINATION OF CRIMINAL CAPACITY FOR CHILD OFFENDERS – INTERFACING THE PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE CHILD JUSTICE AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ACT
Keywords:doli incapax presumption, child offenders, child justice, mental pathology, rebuttably incapax, age-based capacity
This submission considers the effect of the doli incapax presumption contained in the Child Justice Act on the procedural reality of South African child-justice process. We further consider Chapter 13 of the Criminal Procedure Act as it pertains to child offenders, both those considered rebuttably incapax, and those to whom the question of age-based capacity do not apply. We conclude that the doli incapax provisions, when interfaced with the tenets of the Criminal Procedure Act, that address mental pathology, are incompatible in so far as they pertain to child justice.
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