The Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 4 of 2017 ; South Africa

The Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 4 of 2017 aims:

  • To amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as:
    • to provide the courts with a wider range of options in respect of orders to be issued in cases of findings:
      • that accused persons are not capable of understanding criminal proceedings so as to make a proper defence; or
      • that accused persons are by reason of mental illness or intellectual disability or
      • for any other reason not criminally responsible for the offences they are charged with;
    • to clarify the composition of the panels provided for in section 79 to conduct inquiries into the mental condition of accused persons; and 

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