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Reprieve From Death Penalty

Reprieve From Death Penalty

In Public Prosecutor v Hamidah bte Awang and another [2015] SGHC 270, after trial and found guilty, the accused was liable for the death penalty. However, after being convicted, the learned Deputy produced a memorandum in which the Public Prosecutor certified that she...
Cycling on Pavement? Beware!

Cycling on Pavement? Beware!

  As reported in the The New Paper a “hit-and-run” cyclist who in the first instance (State Court of Singapore) was sentenced to 8 weeks in jail, had his sentence reduced to 3 weeks upon appeal in the High Court. The High Court judge made the following...
Probation

Probation

Probation Under sec 5(1) of the Probation of Offenders Act, the Court may sentence an accused to probation instead of a jail sentence.  The main benefit and effect of probation are that the accused person does get a criminal record. Sentence Fixed by Law Under the...
Can You Represent Yourself?

Can You Represent Yourself?

An accused can definitely represent himself. However, a criminal trial is a complex procedure that may be difficult for an individual to navigate. As such, it may be advantageous to engage a lawyer. Benefits of having a lawyer (a) Your lawyer can best represent your...
What Are Your Rights?

What Are Your Rights?

Under what circumstances can a person be charged? A person can be charged in Court only after investigations have been carried out. These investigations must be conducted by government appointed enforcement agencies. When can a person be arrested? A person can be...