Pro bono resources on criminal law. Might be of interest to the following groups:
See also: Criminal Procedure resources
Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Tan Fong Han '20 (LL.B. (Hon.) NUS) for her advice and assistance in this section.
Published by the Law Society of Singapore, this book contains detailed guidance to volunteer lawyers.
The criminal law and procedure section contains sections on: Arrest, Custody & Police Bail; Police Investigations; Being Charged in Court; Court Bail; The Criminal Legal Aid Scheme; Magistrate's Complaints; Spent Criminal Records; Juvenile Crimes/Offences.
NUS Law students may obtain the password from the Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education (email@example.com).
Written and Published by the Community Justice Centre of the Singapore State Courts, this guidebook is meant to help self-represented accused understand the criminal process.
Published by the Law Society Pro-Bono Services, Chapter IV contains information on Criminal Proceedings i.e. Arrest and Investigation, Charge and Bail Bond, Case Management, Pleading Guilty, Mitigation and Sentencing, Trial and Appeal and Magistrate's Complaints and Private Summons.
Published by the Law Society of Singapore, Chapters 6, 7, and 8 contain information on Criminal Legal Aid.
Guides published by the Singapore Courts include information relating to:
Information on criminal legal assistance schemes including:
1. Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (for non-capital offences)
Website: https://www.lawsocprobono.org/Pages/Criminal-Legal-Aid-Scheme.aspx (pamphlet)
Add: 1 Havelock Square, #B1-18 State Courts, Singapore 059724
Tel: +65 6534 1564
Forms: i. Feedback/Enquiry to CLAS (bottom of page)
ii. CLAS Declaration and Application Form
2. Community Justice Centre
Add: 1 Havelock Square, #B1-6/7/8 State Courts Towers, Singapore 059724
Tel: +65 6557 4100
3. State Courts
Add: 1 Havelock Square, Singapore 059724
Tel (general enquiries): 6587 8423; 1800 587 8423
4. Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeal)
Add: 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879
Tel (general enquiries): 1800 338 1034
Refer to the following statutes and related subsidiary legislation on Singapore Statutes Online.
Note: The lists are not exhaustive.
A. Historical Background to Major Criminal Law Legislation
|Current||Historically Known As||Link to Subsidiary Legislation|
|Criminal Procedure Code||
Criminal Procedure Ordinance of 1890
|Evidence Act||Evidence Act 1872||SL|
|Penal Code||Ordinance No. IV of 1871||-|
B. Other Major Primary and Subsidiary Legislation in Singapore
|Primary Legislation||Link to Subsidiary Legislation|
|Arms & Explosives Act||SL|
|Arms Offences Act||-|
|Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act||SL|
|Copyright Act see IPOS Copyright Infringement & Enforcement page for more information.||SL|
|Corrosive & Explosive Substances & Offensive Weapons Act||-|
|Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act||SL|
|Dangerous Fireworks Act||SL|
|Explosive Substances Act||-|
|Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act||SL|
|Misuse of Drugs Act||SL|
|Moneylender's Act [Sections 14 & 28]||SL|
|Organised Crime Act 2015||SL|
|Prevention of Corruption Act||SL|
|Undesirable Publications Act||SL|
|Women’s Charter [Sections 65(8) and 140(1)(i)]||SL|
(source: adapted from https://www.lawsocprobono.org/Pages/Criminal-Legal-Aid-Scheme.aspx)
Step 2: Click on "Legal Research" tab and select the "Subject Browse"
Step 3: Find "Criminal Law" in the Subject Tree
Step 4: Click on the folder icon to view sub-classes of the Criminal Law Subject Tree
Step 5: Click on the "Criminal Law" to view relevant cases. If you are unable to locate your desired subject on the subject tree, try the following techniques.
Relevant jurisdictions and how to access cases:
ICLR (for official law reports)
|Understanding criminal law
Chandra Mohan S. (Shunmugam), author.
Singapore : LexisNexis, 
|Criminal law in Singapore
Chan Wing Cheong (author), Neil Morgan (author) & Stanley Yeo (author).
Singapore : LexisNexis, 2022.
|Criminal law in Malaysia and Singapore : a casebook companion
Yeo, Stanley Meng Heong.
Singapore : LexisNexis, 2013.
|Criminal law for the 21st century : a model code for Singapore
Chan, Wing Cheong.
Singapore : Academy Publishing, 2013.
|Textbook on Indian penal code
Gaur, K. D. (Krishna Deo), 1937-
Haryana, India : Universal Law Publishing, .
|Ratanlal & Dhirajlal the Indian Penal Code, 36th Edition
Ratanlal Ranchhoddas, author.
Haryana, India : Lexis Nexis, 2019.
P.S.A. Pillai's criminal law
|The principles of the law of crimes
Huda, Syed Shamshul.
Lucknow : Eastern Book Co., 2011.
|R.A. Nelson's Indian Penal Code
Nelson, Reginald A. (Reginald Arbouin)
Nagpur : LexisNexis ButterWorths, 2008.