Children - At what age can I? PDF Print E-mail

The law considers the age of a child as an important factor in various situations. The Legal guide to age thresholds for children and young people (April 2011) outlines (among other things) the ages at which a child can act independently from his/her parents or guardians and also sets out various legal rules relevant to the particular ages of children.

Topics covered include:

  • At what age can children make decisions and act on their own without assistance from their parents?
  • What are the age thresholds for children to access social grants or housing subsidies?
  • At what age can a child sign a legal contract, be prosecuted for a crime, smoke or be detained in prison?

 

Click here to download: Legal Guide to Age Thresholds for Children

 

This Guide (April 2011 - Edition 5) is a product of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.

 

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16 October 2017

Winners of 2017 Child Law Moot Court Competition

Winner of Best Team 2017

University of Pretoria represented by Nicholas Herd and Motlotleng Sebola

 Best team 2017

 

Winner of Best Heads of Argument 2017

 University of Johannesburg represented by Ntokozo Sobikwa and Takudzwa Dente

 Best heads 2017

 

Winner of Best Oralist 2017

 Takudzwa Dente, University of Johannesburg

 Best oralist 2017

The Centre for Child Law hosted its 8th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 13 and 14 October 2017. 8 Universities participated in the competition: University of the Witwatersrand; University of the Free State; University of Cape Town; University of South Africa; University of Pretoria; North West University; Rhodes University and University of Johannesburg. We had the assistance of academics, attorneys and advocates who were judges in the preliminary and semi-final rounds of the competition.

The teams were impressive and set a very high standard.

The final round of the competition was held at the High Court of South Africa, Pretoria in Court Room C of the Palace of Justice. Court Room C was used because of its historical significance. This was the Court Room in which the Rivonia trial was held.

The University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria made it to the final round as the two finalists. The two teams argued in front of Judge Tolmay of the High Court, Pretoria; Judge Kollapen of the High Court, Pretoria (currently acting at the Constitutional Court); and Ms Corlett Letlojane the Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa. University of Pretoria emerged as the Best Team of 2017. The runners up were University of Cape Town, represented by Nigel Patel and Andrew Attieh.

 

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