Justice and Constitution

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National Preventive Mechanism on Torture Under the Spotlight

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Government has affirmed its intention to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

The deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, confirmed this during an address at the South African Human Rights Commission’s High-Level Meeting on the Establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) under OPCAT held in Cape Town.

Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill Withdrawn from Parliament

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill has been withdrawn from parliament.

The bill sought to amend the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977 so as to extend the list of offences in respect of which a prosecution may be instituted after a period of 20 years has lapsed since the date of the alleged commission of an offence; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Judicial Matters Amendment Bill Released for Comment

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Comment is sought on the Draft Judicial Matters Amendment Bill.

According to the justice and constitutional development department invitation for comment, the draft bill seeks to amend numerous acts, the majority of which are administered by the department.

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