POWERS OF ATTORNEY-GENERAL
AND PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
AND PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
—(1) The Attorney-General shall be the Public Prosecutor and shall have the control and direction of criminal prosecutions and proceedings under this Code or any other written law.
(2) The Solicitor-General shall have all the powers of a Deputy Public Prosecutor and shall act as Public Prosecutor when the Attorney-General is absent or unable to act.
(3) Subject to this section, the Public Prosecutor may appoint any officer or other person to act as a Deputy Public Prosecutor or an Assistant Public Prosecutor in carrying out any of the duties of the Public Prosecutor under this Code or under any other written law, and may assign any of those duties to a Deputy Public Prosecutor or an Assistant Public Prosecutor.
(4) The Public Prosecutor may authorise in writing one or more Deputy Public Prosecutors —
to give any consent, fiat, order, authorisation, permission, instruction or direction; or
to make any application or requisition,
on behalf of the Public Prosecutor that is required by this Code or any other written law for —
the trial of an offence before any court, tribunal or authority;
the forfeiture, confiscation, destruction or disposal of property; or
the exercise by any police officer of the powers of investigation under this Code,
as the case may be.
(5) The Public Prosecutor, the Solicitor-General or a Deputy Public Prosecutor may authorise any person, on such terms and conditions as he thinks fit, to act for the Public Prosecutor in the conduct of a case or prosecution in court or in any part of such conduct.
(6) Any proceeding before the High Court must be conducted by the Public Prosecutor, the Solicitor-General, a Deputy Public Prosecutor, an Assistant Public Prosecutor, or a person authorised under subsection (5) who is an advocate.
(7) No person shall appear on behalf of the Public Prosecutor in any criminal appeal, or any case stated or criminal reference under Division 2 of Part XX, other than the Solicitor-General, a Deputy Public Prosecutor, or a person authorised under subsection (5) who is an advocate.
(8) Subject to subsections (9) and (10), any proceeding relating to a criminal matter before a Subordinate Court must be conducted only by the Public Prosecutor, the Solicitor-General, a Deputy Public Prosecutor, an Assistant Public Prosecutor, or any other person authorised under subsection (5).
(9) An officer of a public body, or an advocate acting on behalf of that public body, may with the authorisation of the Public Prosecutor, conduct any prosecution in summary cases before a Magistrate’s Court.
(10) A private person may appear in person or by an advocate to prosecute in summary cases before a Magistrate’s Court for any offence for which the maximum term of imprisonment provided by law does not exceed 3 years or which is punishable with a fine only.
—(1) Notwithstanding any provision in this Code, the Public Prosecutor may by fiat, and on such terms and conditions as he thinks fit, permit any person to prosecute, on the person’s own behalf, any particular offence punishable under the Penal Code (Cap. 224) or any other written law, or to pursue any further proceedings in such prosecution.
(2) The person to whom the fiat is granted under subsection (1) may either appear in person or by an advocate.
13. Where a prosecution is conducted by a person other than the Public Prosecutor, the Solicitor-General, a Deputy Public Prosecutor or an Assistant Public Prosecutor, the Public Prosecutor may, if he thinks fit, take over the conduct of the prosecution at any stage of the proceedings and continue or discontinue the prosecution.