Criminal Procedure Legislative Guide by Juta Law Editors- Reviewed by FWB’s Louis Rood


Primarily aimed at students of criminal procedure, this comprehensive guide to

the legislation framing criminal procedure in South Africa will also be welcomed

by legal practitioners, judicial officers, law enforcement officials and crime

investigators. It forms the fourth leg of the table with publisher Juta’s

encompassing titles on every aspect of criminal procedure, the other three

being:

  • Criminal Procedure Handbook (12th Edition) by Joubert et al (2017)
  • Criminal Procedure Casebook (2nd Edition) by Kemp et al (2017)
  • Criminal Procedure Workbook (2nd Edition) by Swanepoel et al (2016).

The stated purpose of this compact guide is to equip readers not only with the

theoretical knowledge required to comprehend and assimilate the subject

matter, but also to acquire the skills, aptitudes and competencies necessary to

analyse and solve issues and disputes that arise from the process of applying

South African criminal law procedure, both to adult accused persons and to

child offenders.

The three most important legislative instruments are reproduced in full the

Criminal Procedure Act of 1977, the Child Justice Act of 2008, and the

Constitution of 1996. Each Section of these acts is cross-referenced to the

applicable parts of the Handbook, Casebook and Workbook.

These four legs of the table complement and support each other, and the

cross-referencing has been designed to make it easy to find the appropriate

content.

Grasping the complexities of the legislative structures is facilitated by a series

of full-colour diagrams, infographics and flow charts of the criminal process in

respect of both an adult accused and a child offender. Useful examples of

documentation frequently encountered in the criminal process are provided,

such as a written notice to appear in court, an admission of guilt form, a

summons in a criminal case and a charge sheet.

The commentary is crisp, practical and to the point. Juta and its team of Law

Editors assembled to produce this second edition are to be commended for so

diligently completing the value chain that links together this quartet of titles.

 

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