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Pro Bono: Criminal Law


Pro bono resources on criminal law. Might be of interest to the following groups:

  • accused persons
  • pro bono lawyers
  • students assisting with pro bono work 

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.



Know the Law Now 

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.

Pro Bono Guide

Published by the Law Society of Singapore, Chapters 6, 7, and 8 contain information on Criminal Legal Aid.

Community Legal Clinic Manual : Criminal Law and Procedure

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 ( 

Guidebook for Accused In Person: A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court

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.

1. Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (for non-capital offences)

Add: The State Courts of Singapore, #B1-18, 1 Havelock Square, Singapore 059724
Tel: +65 6534 1564

Contact Form: 

2. Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO)



Parliamentary Debates

  • Official Reports - Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) 
  • For a more efficient search:
    • Type in name of bill into search box e.g. "Penal Code" or "Arms and Explosives" 
    • Omit the word "Act" if you are looking for parliamentary debates on Bills e.g. "Miscellaneous Offences" without "Act"
    • Check the "Search within titles only" box 
    • Search options "Exact phrase search"

Select Committee Reports on Bills

Explanatory Notes 

Law Reform Reports

Subject Browsing

Step 1: Login to LawNet (access: Faculty of Law staff and students) (access: Other NUS staff & students)

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:  



  • Cases from High Courts and Supreme Court of India.



  • Navigate to International Materilas > United Kingdom > Cases

ICLR (for official law reports)

Lexis Library

  • All England Law Reports
  • All England (Direct)
  • All ER Reprints.


Lexis Advance Singapore

  • Toggle jurisdiction to "Australia" and select "Content Type: AU Cases" to narrow to Australian case law


Image result for understanding criminal law chandra Understanding criminal law 
Chandra Mohan S. (Shunmugam), author.
Singapore : LexisNexis, [2017]
Image result for criminal law in malaysia and singapore Criminal law in Malaysia and Singapore 
Yeo, Stanley Meng Heong, author.
Singapore : LexisNexis, 2018.
Image result for criminal law in malaysia and singapore a casebook companion Criminal law in Malaysia and Singapore : a casebook companion 
Yeo, Stanley Meng Heong.
Singapore : LexisNexis, 2013.
Image result for criminal law for the 21st century a model code for singapore Criminal law for the 21st century : a model code for Singapore 
Chan, Wing Cheong.
Singapore : Academy Publishing, 2013.



Image result for gaur textbook on indian penal code Textbook on Indian penal code 
Gaur, K. D. (Krishna Deo), 1937-
Haryana, India : Universal Law Publishing, [2016].
Ratanlal & Dhirajlal the Indian Penal Code, 36th Edition 
Ratanlal Ranchhoddas, author.
Haryana, India : Lexis Nexis, 2019.

Ratanlal & Dhirajlal's law of crimes :a commentary on the Indian Penal Code, 1860 
Ratanlal Ranchhoddas.
New Delhi : Bharat Law House, 2013.

Image result for psa pillai's criminal law

P.S.A. Pillai's criminal law 
Atchuthen Pillai, P. S.
New Delhi : LexisNexis Butterworths India, 2012. 

Image result for the principles of the law of crimes huda syed  The principles of the law of crimes 
Huda, Syed Shamshul.
Lucknow : Eastern Book Co., 2011.
Image result for r a nelsons indian penal code R.A. Nelson's Indian Penal Code 
Nelson, Reginald A. (Reginald Arbouin)
Nagpur : LexisNexis ButterWorths, 2008.



Image result for sentencing practice in the subordinate courts Sentencing practice in the Subordinate Courts. 

Singapore : LexisNexis, 2013.
Sentencing principles in Singapore, 2nd Edition 
Kow, Keng Siong.
Singapore : Singapore Academy of Law, 2019.

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