Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill [B2-2017]

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Submissions are now closed (since 25 February 2017)

Justice and Correctional Services

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services invites you to make written submissions on the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill [B2- 2017] where it will amend the sections dealing with mental illness or intellectual disability and criminal responsibility.

The purpose of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill is 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 mental defect or for any other reason not criminally responsible for the offences they are charged with;
▪ clarify the composition of the panels provided for in section 79 to conduct enquiries into the mental condition of accused persons;

Submissions must be received by no later than 8 March 2017. Please indicate if you are interested in making a verbal presentation. Public hearings will be held in Parliament.  

Comments can be emailed to Mr. V Ramaano at by no later than Wednesday, 8 March 2017

For Public hearings' dates and enquiries please contact Mr V Ramaano on tel (021) 403 3820 or cell 083 709 8427

Issued by Hon. Dr Mathole Motshekga, MP, Chairperson: PC on Justice and Correctional Services