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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
Print version ISSN 0037-8054

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JOUBERT, Mariëtte  and  VAN WYK, Carel. Social work forensic reports in South African criminal courts: Inevitability in the quest for justice. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2014, vol.50, n.4, pp.485-503. ISSN 2312-7198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15270/50-4-387.

Social work forensic reports can play a vital role in sentencing. In this article the expectations of criminal courts of social work forensic reports were established in order to improve the contribution of the social work discipline in the search for justice. An important result indicates that courts would like to make use of social work forensic reports, among others. However, the poor writing style of some of these reports makes them unfit for use in the legal context. It is argued that social workers must be trained in critical thinking and the elements of clear writing to enable them to produce high-quality forensic reports.

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