This case note reflects on the approach that should be adopted by sentencing courts when imposing sentences
on child offenders who turn 18 during proceedings. The Western Cape High Court recently considered the
application of the sentencing principles in the Child Justice Act and section 28 of the Constitution to child
offenders who turn 18 prior to their sentencing. The court confirmed that there is ‘no arbitrary end to childhood
for children who have committed offences before they attained the age of adulthood’ and concluded that the
sentencing principles in the Child Justice Act are applicable to children who turn 18 prior to sentencing.