South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights?

 

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dc.contributor.author Omar, Jameelah
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-08T08:14:59Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-08T08:14:59Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Omar, J. 2016. South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights?. <i>South African Journal of Criminal Justice.</i>:1 - 23. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32420 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1011-8527
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32420
dc.description.abstract Rape shield laws are a critical aspect of the protection of rape complainants during the criminal justice process. The rationale of rape shield laws is to protect complainants from having their sexual reputation or behaviour used to reduce their credibility, particularly as the inferences drawn are based on historical prejudices against women, and do not actually assist with the fact-finding role of the court. This article will argue that Section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 aims to finding the correct balance between the protection of the complainant’s rights to privacy and dignity, while upholding an accused’s right to a fair trial, including the right to adduce and challenge evidence. However, the sparse case law related to section 227 raises questions about its successful implementation by courts. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.source South African Journal of Criminal Justice en_US
dc.source.uri https://juta.co.za/law/juta-law-journals/south-african-journal-criminal-justice/
dc.subject criminal procedure en_US
dc.subject rape shield en_US
dc.subject criminal law en_US
dc.subject sexual offences en_US
dc.title South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Law en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Public Law en_US
dc.source.pagination 1 - 23 en_US
dc.identifier.apacitation Omar, J. (2016). South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights?. <i>South African Journal of Criminal Justice</i>, 1 - 23. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32420 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Omar, Jameelah "South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights?." <i>South African Journal of Criminal Justice</i> (2016): 1 - 23. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32420 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Omar J. South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights?. South African Journal of Criminal Justice. 2016;:1 - 23. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32420. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Omar, Jameelah AB - Rape shield laws are a critical aspect of the protection of rape complainants during the criminal justice process. The rationale of rape shield laws is to protect complainants from having their sexual reputation or behaviour used to reduce their credibility, particularly as the inferences drawn are based on historical prejudices against women, and do not actually assist with the fact-finding role of the court. This article will argue that Section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 aims to finding the correct balance between the protection of the complainant’s rights to privacy and dignity, while upholding an accused’s right to a fair trial, including the right to adduce and challenge evidence. However, the sparse case law related to section 227 raises questions about its successful implementation by courts. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Journal of Criminal Justice KW - criminal procedure KW - rape shield KW - criminal law KW - sexual offences LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2016 SM - 1011-8527 T1 - South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights? TI - South Africa's rape shield: Does section 227 of the Criminal Procedure Act affect an accused's fair trial rights? UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32420 ER - en_ZA


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