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The Centre for Child Law  was established in 1998 and is based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. The Director of the Centre is Prof Ann Skelton.

The Centre contributes towards the establishment and promotion of the best interests of children in South Africa through litigation, advocacy, research and education.

The Centre is registered as a Law Clinic and through strategic impact litigation aims to set legal precedent to improve and strengthen laws pertaining to children.

University of Pretoria Faculty of Law

 

Latest Judgments & Reports

1 December 2017

 Dladla & Another v The City of Johannesburg. Temporary housing accommodation.  
Read the judgment here 

 

 

 23 October 2017

YG v State. Prohibition of reasonable chastisement defence to corporal punishment.
Read the judgment here

 

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Latest News

18 April 2018

Story 1:

Centre for Child Law receives judgment clarifying law on powers of children's courts to hear adoption matters
involving non-South African children resident in South Africa.

The Presiding Officer of the Children's Court, Johannesburg refused to hear an adoption application on the basis that the
child involved is a Zimbabwean citizen whose visa had expired.

The man trying to adopt the child was married to the child's mother and had become a father to him. The child had no contact
with his biological father and had no family in Zimbabwe.

The presiding officer's decision not to hear the adoption application was challenged in the Johannesburg High Court, where
Judge Kathree-Setiloane found that, for the purposes of determining whether the Children's Court has jurisdiction to hear a matter,
it is irrelevant whether a child is a foreign national or whether the child is legally or illegally in the country.

Read the judgment here.

Story 2:

Centre for Child Law assists a child with cerebral palsy to access education

The Centre for Child Law has assisted an 11 year old boy (A) with cerebral palsy to access education in a special school equipped to meet
his education and care needs.

A's parents had been struggling to find a school to accept their son since he was 5 years old. Schools that they sought assistance from
refused to admit him due to various reasons.

A was eventually accepted by Meerhof School for the Disabled in 2015. He attended the school for a year after which the school said 
it did not have the staff to cater for his special needs.

A's parents sought assistance from the Centre for Child Law. The Centre engaged in settlement discussions with the Departments of 
Education in Gauteng and the North West Provinces. This resulted in an agreement that A would be admitted to the Pretoria School for
Cerebral Palsied Learners. This agreement was made an order of court by the High Court, Pretoria.

For more read an IOL news article here.

 

 

 

 

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