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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

Chapter 4 : Children’s Courts

Part 2 : Court proceedings

62. Professional reports ordered by court


(1) A children’s court, for the purposes of deciding a matter before it or any issue in the matter, may order, if necessary, that a designated social worker, family advocate, psychologist, medical practitioner or other suitably qualified person carry out an investigation to establish the circumstances of—
(a) the child;
(b) the parents or a parent of the child;
(c) a person who has parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;
(d) a care-giver of the child;
(e) the person under whose control the child is; or
(f) any other relevant person.


(2) A person referred to in subsection (1) may, subject to section 63(1) and (2)
(a) obtain supplementary evidence or reports from other suitably qualified persons;
(b) be required by the court to present the findings of the investigation to the court by—
(i) testifying before the court; or
(ii) submitting a written report to the court.