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Expungement of a Criminal Record in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act 51 of 1997)

View the related Regulations.

Expungement of a Criminal Record in terms of the Child Justice Act, 2008 (Act 75 of 2008)

Section 87 of the Child Justice Act provides for the expungement of records of certain convictions and diversion orders
(1) (a) Where a court has convicted a child of an offence referred to in Schedule 1 or 2, the conviction and sentence in question fall away as a previous conviction and the criminal record of that child must, subject to subsections (2), (3) and (5), on the written application of the child, his or her parent, appropriate adult or guardian (hereafter referred to as the applicant), in the prescribed form, be expunged after a period of....read more

Presidential/Political Pardons

Please contact Ms Liana Nieuwoudt (expungements@justice.gov.za) for further information and for the relevant forms.

Enquiries: Enquiries can be emailed to expungements@justice.gov.za or you can call our Call Centre (080 002 0007).

IMPORTANT:  THIS SERVICE IS RENDERED FREE OF CHARGE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT. MATTERS ARE DEALT WITH IN ORDER OF RECEIPT AND NO PREFERANCE WILL BE GIVEN BY MATTERS SUBMITTED BY AGENCIES/REPRESENTATIVES APPLYING ON BEHALF OF APPLICANTS

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications for expungement of diversions in terms of the Child Justice Act, 2008 (Act No 75 of 2008), should be submitted to the Department of Social Development through their Call Centre (012 312 7727 or customercare@dsd.gov.za).


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Expungement of a Criminal Record in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act 51 of 1997) and in terms of the Child Justice Act, 2008 (Act 75 of 2008)