Enhancing the role and rights of crime victims in the South African justice system - an Australian perspective

Author(s)Garkawe, Sam
Title Enhancing the role and rights of crime victims in the South African justice system - an Australian perspective
Source South African Journal of Criminal Justice 14 (2)pp. 131-151
Date 2001
Document type Journal article
Coverage NSW; Australia; South Africa
Summary This article describes some Australian initiatives around the rights of crime victims and then compares and critically evaluates recent proposals in South Africa to introduce each of these initiatives. It is suggested that the criminal justice system of Australia is fundamentally similar to that of South Africa and many of the Australian initiatives have been operating for some time and have generally been widely accepted. The article examines whether there is a need to enhance the rights of crime victims and then discusses six important changes for victims of crime in NSW, Australia: compensation; state-funded counselling; legislative Charter of Victims Rights; government department to monitor the Charter; victim impact statements; and submissions during parole hearings. The proposals are evaluated in the South African context and obstacles to their implementation are discussed.
Keywords Victims rights; victims role
Topic Victims rights