singapore - Criminal Law

Past Warning has no impact on sentencing: High Court

The High Court has clarified it will consider past conviction, but not warning, when deciding punishment for other offences, in a case involving a former undergraduate who molested his classmate and peeped at another student.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Mohammad Azwan bin Bohari

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Date: 11 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 23; Source: Singapore Law Watch

D Rashpal Singh Sidhu v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Date: 07 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 25; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Zamri bin Mohd Tahir v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Date: 11 February 2019; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2019] SGCA 9; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Cai Mei Ying v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Penal Code

Date: 07 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 24; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Reformative Training Law may be reversed

The proposed tweaks to criminal procedure tabled in Parliament will get rid of the provisions that used to allow young offenders who are sentenced to reformative training to have their stint backdated to take time spent in custody into account, if passed.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Stiffer Penalties proposed for Crimes against the Vulnerable

The new Criminal Law Reform Bill introduced in Parliament have provisions for people who commit crimes against vulnerable victims, such as maids and disabled persons to undergo twice the maximum punishment for similar crimes against others.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal Law Reform Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Penal Code and certain other Acts, to update the criminal offences, keep up with technological changes and emerging crime trends, enhance protection for minors and vulnerable victims, harmonise the criminal laws and update the sentencing framework.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 6/2019; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Criminal Procedure Code.    
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 7/2019; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

24 Years' Jail and Cane for Man who sexually abused Stepdaughter

A man who has sexually abused his stepdaughter for since she was 12 was sentenced to 24 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane by the court, after his guilty plea to three charges of aggravated sexual assault by penetration, and also considering 18 charges of various sexual offences.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

GCX v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Mandatory Treatment Order - Calling of Mandatory Treatment Order suitability report

Date: 24 January 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 14; Source: Singapore Law Watch

17 Years’ Jail for Man who raped Underage Girl at Staircase Landing

Stanley Tee Ching Wei who has pleaded guilty to have committed statutory rape on an underage girl at staircase landing was sentenced to 17 years’ jail and given 14 strokes of the cane.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Ho Man Yuk v Public Prosecutor

Criminal law - Offences - Property - Dishonest misappropriation of property; Statutory interpretation - Construction of statute - Rectifying construction; Statutory interpretation - Construction of statute - Strict construction rule

Date: 07 January 2019; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2019] SGCA 2; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Tangaraju s/o Suppiah

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Date: 31 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 279; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal Procedure Code (Prescribed Law Enforcement Agency) Notification 2019

This Notification comes into operation on 4 January 2019.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 16; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Criminal Procedure Code (Prescribed Law Enforcement Agency) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 28 December 2018.
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 887; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Criminal Law (Identity Cards) (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 1 January 2019.
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 872; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment of Second Schedule) (No. 2) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 18 December 2018.
Date: 17 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 820; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Huang Ying-Chun v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Appeals; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Benchmark Sentences

Date: 06 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 269; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Amendments to Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act to Take Effect from 1 Jan 2019

This is to notify that in order to strengthen the administration of the criminal law regime, the Parliament passed the amendments to the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act on 6 Feb 2018. This will take effect on 1 Jan 2019.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Press Release; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

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