Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill Withdrawn from Parliament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The Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill has been withdrawn from parliament.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.

It was published for comment in January 2018 and tabled in May 2018.

The bill’s memorandum pointed out that the South Gauteng High Court had, in 2017, declared Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act inconsistent with the Constitution in that it barred the right to institute a prosecution for all sexual offences other than those listed in section 18(f), (h)and (i), after the lapse of a period of 20 years from the time when the offence was committed.

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