Posts Tagged ‘criminal law’

It is necessary to note that the legal position relating to arrest is unaffected by COVID-19 regulations. The Disaster Management Act does not suspend or restrict any right in the Constitution – all of which has been given expression to under the Criminal Procedure Act (51 of 1977 – the “CPA”) as interpreted by our Courts. This could be different if a state of emergency was or is declared (see section 37 of the Constitution). But no state of emergency has been declared – so that ordinary rights and laws regarding arrests prevail.

Reckless Ignorance of Law

Posted: 24th May 2020 by James Grant in COVID, COVID-19, Criminal Law, Regulations, Virus
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No person may be compelled to given an explanation to a police officer as to any circumstance in which she or he is found without infringing that person’s right to silence.

Many spectacular and sensational claims have been levelled at Oscar Pistorius in the media: that he has a bad temper, threated to break someone’s legs, is obsessed with firearms, fired a gun out of his sunroof, and another in a restaurant, was in illegal possession of ammunition and browsed pornographic websites on the night that […]

Many spectacular and sensational claims have been levelled at Oscar Pistorius in the media: that he has a bad temper, threated to break someone’s legs, is obsessed with firearms, fired a gun out of his sunroof, and another in a restaurant, was in illegal possession of ammunition and browsed pornographic websites on the night that […]

In order to understand the defence of Oscar Pistorius to the charge of murder against him, it is necessary to have reference to the general requirements of criminal liability (see the overview on this site). In particular, one must have reference to the requirement that the fault requirement of criminal liability must extend or relate […]

If I shoot a gun at a particular person, but I miss, the law recognises that the bullet may easily come to rest in a wall, a tree, or fall harmlessly to the ground somewhere. It could also, of course, strike another person – and this is where things get interesting. This is known in […]

If I shoot a gun at a particular person, but I miss, the law recognises that the bullet may easily come to rest in a wall, a tree, or fall harmlessly to the ground somewhere. It could also, of course, strike another person – and this is where things get interesting. This is known in […]