The author S S Terblance BIur LLB LLD, and the editor B C Naudé LLB LLM LLD, both Professors in the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law of the University of South Africa, have expertly combined their academic and practical experience to produce a valuable resource that addresses the core of this vital aspect of the criminal justice system. Van der Merwe, also available in Afrikaans as Beginsels van Bewyssreg.
Reading these measured judgments and the reasoned, rational and logical manner in which the judges apply the principles of evidence to the facts, one cannot but reflect with gratitude on the erudition and intellectual rigour they bring to the task, particularly in a world of falsehoods, fake news, fabrications, alternative facts and virtual reality. Primarily aimed at students of criminal procedure, this comprehensive guide to the legislation framing criminal procedure in South Africa will also be welcomed by legal practitioners, judicial officers, law enforcement officials and crime investigators.
Juta and its team of Law Editors assembled to produce this second edition are to be commended for so diligently completing the value chain that links together this quartet of titles.
The law relating to persons in South Africa, in all its complexity, diversity and intricacy has undergone significant constitutional reform, and continues to develop and respond to present-day cultural and societal changes.
Not only are the most important judgments analysed, but a considerable number of relevant statutes are reproduced either in their entirely or in part.
Each entry is followed by comprehensive notes linking the quoted extracts to existing legal rules and other sources.
The text is mercifully free of footnotes but all the case references are separately listed, as are references to the Criminal Procedure Act, the Superior Courts Act and the Child Justice Act.
She is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, founder of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria, and has served as an Acting Judge of the High Court.This includes the rights to legal representation, search and seizure, bail, pretrail examinations, charge sheets, plea bargaining, sentencing, review and appeal.Relevant sections of the Constitution of 1996 and the Child Justice Act of 2008 are reproduced at the beginning of each chapter.Publisher Juta, with its commitment to providing practical user-friendly tools of trade to its readers, is the ideal foil to the author’s presentation and style.Law of Persons Sourcebook and Law of Persons are a brace of exceptional quality publications with a proven track record through five previous editions.