Making legal tidal waves

Mr. V. K. Rajah
Image Credit: Supreme Court Annual Report 2008

By Michael Hor and Jaryl Lim

From heading a law office, to being on the Bench and then assuming office as Attorney-General of Singapore on June 25, Mr V. K. Rajah is expected to alter the legal landscape.

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An interview with former Supreme Court Judge, Mr Kan Ting Chiu

Mr Kan Ting Chiu

Mr Kan Ting Chiu. Image credit: Supreme Court Singapore Annual Report 2011

By Vincent Ho, Teo Ho Hong, Hoang Linh Trang and Stacey Lopez

Innocence Project Members Hoang Linh Trang and Johnson Teo had the opportunity to interview former judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Mr Kan Ting Chiu.

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Mental Illness and Malingering

By Chong Joe En

Mental illnesses are an unspoken and often unseen aspect of any society and Singapore is no exception. Studies show that at least 1 in 17 Singaporeans have suffered from depression at some point in time in their lives.This aspect of mental health often has far reaching impacts on criminality and criminal defence. Read More

Amending the Charge: Case Study of Public Prosecutor v Shaik Alaudeen

By Elena Tan, Ernest Wong, Loh Tian Kai and Wong Ee Ming

In the landmark case of Public Prosecutor v. Shaik Alaudeen,1 Justice Choo Han Teck had to grapple with the limits of the High Court’s exercise of its revisionary powers in amending a charge after the accused has been convicted on that charge. Read More

Dealing with Obsolete Forensic Methods

By Jeremy Goh, Reynard Chua and Ng Yeeting

Santae Tribble, 52, was convicted for the murder of a Southeast Washington taxi driver in 1978.  The killer was witnessed to be wearing a stocking. A piece of hair was subsequently recovered from a stocking found near the crime scene. A FBI examiner found that piece of hair microscopically matched Tribble’s. Read More

Escaping the gallows – Drug Mules, Death Penalties and Discretion

By Yeoh Jean Ann, An Xian Chen, Shannon Chua, Kevin Lau

Singapore is famous for her zero-tolerance approach against drugs, and infamous for having one of the world’s highest per-capita execution rates.1 Up till recently, the death penalty was mandatory for offences such as murder and drug trafficking over a certain weight. This controversial issue has always received the ire of anti-capital punishment activists. Read More

Professor Roger Hood & the Mandatory Death Penalty

By Leong Li Jie

Time and again, Parliament and the judiciary have defended our laws permitting the mandatory death penalty (or MDP in short).  Enshrined in s. 302 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed Sing) and the Second Schedule of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap 185, 2008 Rev Ed Sing), the MDP (or more accurately the statute that the MDP is enshrined in) requires that a court sentence a murdereror a drug trafficker2 to death. Read More

Innocence is the Best Defence

By Chan Min Hui, Vincent Ho and Qua Bi Qi

The Greek playwright, Euripides, once wrote: “Ours is a universe in which justice is accidental, and innocence no protection.” Given the stereotypical harshness and efficiency of Singapore’s criminal justice system, it is paramount that the accused persons can rely upon their actual innocence as a refuge against wrongful convictions. Read More