GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO PRE-TRIAL AND PLEAD GUILTY PROCEDURES IN ALL COURTS
—(1) Any party to a criminal case disclosure conference may at any time apply to the court for an extension of time or a further extension of time to file or serve any document required under Part IX or X.
(2) Any application under subsection (1) must be heard in the presence of all the parties to the criminal case disclosure conference.
—(1) A relevant judge may, if satisfied that it is expedient in the interests of public safety, public security or propriety, public order, national interest or national security of Singapore or any part thereof, or for other sufficient reason to do so, order that any information contained in —
shall not be communicated to any other person by the accused, and if the accused is represented by an advocate, by his advocate as well.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), an accused or his advocate (if any) may make an application to the relevant judge for the information contained in the Case for the Prosecution which is subject to an order under that subsection to be communicated to any other person, and the relevant judge may grant the application if he is satisfied that such communication is necessary and desirable for the accused to conduct his defence.
(3) The relevant judge who grants an application under subsection (2) may impose any condition as he thinks necessary relating to the communication of the information to any other person.
(4) Any person who acts in contravention of any order under subsection (1) or any condition imposed by the relevant judge under subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
—(1) It shall not be lawful to publish a report of any information contained in —
other than the names, ages and occupations of the accused person or persons, and the offence or offences, or a summary of them, with which the accused person or persons is or are charged.
(2) If a report is published in contravention of this section, the following persons shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000:
in the case of a publication of a report as part of a newspaper or periodical, any proprietor, editor or publisher of the newspaper or periodical;
in the case of a publication of a report otherwise than as part of a newspaper or periodical, the person who publishes it;
in the case of a broadcast of a report by a body corporate, limited liability partnership, partnership or unincorporated association, any person acting on behalf of the body corporate, limited liability partnership, partnership or unincorporated association, having functions in relation to the broadcast of the report corresponding to those of the editor of a newspaper or periodical.
(3) Proceedings for an offence under this section shall not be instituted otherwise than by or with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.
(4) Subsection (1) shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, the provisions of any other written law with respect to the publication of reports and proceedings of any court.
(5) In this section —
“broadcast” means any transmission of signs or signals for general reception, using wireless telecommunications or any other means of delivery, and whether or not the transmission is encrypted;
“publish”, in relation to a report, means make the report available to the general public of Singapore, or any section thereof, in whatever form and by whatever means, including broadcasting and transmitting on what is commonly known as the Internet.
—(1) A person who is accused of a prescribed offence and is a prescribed person under subsection (7)(b) may plead guilty electronically to that offence by paying the fine and any prescribed fee under subsection (7)(c) in accordance with this section.
(2) To plead guilty electronically, the accused must —
enter a plea of guilty at a computer terminal designated by the Registrar of the Subordinate Courts for that purpose within the prescribed time; and
pay in advance the fine fixed by the supervising Magistrate as the sentence to be imposed on an accused who pleads guilty electronically to that offence.
(3) The Registrar of the Subordinate Courts must, within a reasonable time after the accused has entered the plea and paid the fine, send to the supervising Magistrate a record of the guilty plea and of the fine paid.
(4) When the supervising Magistrate is satisfied that the fine fixed under subsection (2)(b) has been paid, he shall convict the accused of the prescribed offence in the accused’s absence and record the fine paid as the sentence passed for that offence.
(5) The supervising Magistrate may, at any stage of the proceedings, require the accused to attend in person and, if necessary, enforce his attendance by —
issuing a summons if the case appears to be one in which, according to the fourth column of the First Schedule, he should first issue a summons; or
issuing a warrant if the case appears to be one in which, according to that column, the Magistrate should first issue a warrant, or if he thinks fit, by issuing a summons causing the accused to be brought or to appear at a certain time before him.
(7) For the purposes of this section, the Minister may make regulations to prescribe —
the offences punishable by fine or by imprisonment of 12 months or less or both to which this section applies;
the class of persons who qualify to plead guilty electronically under this section;
the fee to be paid for the use of the computer terminal referred to in subsection (2)(a);
the method of paying fines and fees under this section;
the time within which an accused may plead guilty electronically; and
all matters necessary or convenient to give effect to this section.
—(1) If the accused pleads guilty to the charge after it has been read and explained to him, whether as originally framed or as amended, his plea must be recorded and he may be convicted on it.
(2) Before the court records a plea of guilty, it must —
if the accused is not represented by an advocate, be satisfied that the accused —
understands the nature and consequences of his plea and the punishment prescribed for the offence; and
intends to admit to the offence without qualification; or
if the accused is represented by an advocate, record the advocate’s confirmation that the accused —
understands the nature and consequences of his plea; and
intends to admit to the offence without qualification.
(3) The High Court shall not record a plea of guilty in a case where the accused pleads guilty to an offence punishable with death unless the accused has been committed to stand trial in the High Court under Division 2 of Part X for the offence, and evidence is led by the prosecution to prove its case at the trial.
(4) Where —
a date is fixed for a plea of guilty to be taken from the accused who has been committed for trial or whose case has been so transmitted; and
on that date, the accused refuses to plead, does not plead or claims trial,
(5) Where —
the criminal case disclosure procedures apply by virtue of section 159 in relation to a case;
a date is fixed for a plea of guilty to be taken from the accused to whom the case relates; and
on that date, the accused refuses to plead, does not plead or claims trial,
—(1) On the conviction of the accused, the prosecution may where it thinks fit address the court on sentence.
(2) The address on sentence may include —
the criminal records of the accused;
any victim impact statement; and
any relevant factors which may affect the sentence.
(3) The court must then hear any plea in mitigation of sentence by the accused and the prosecution has a right of reply.
(4) Where the court is satisfied that any matter raised in the plea in mitigation materially affects any legal condition required by law to constitute the offence charged, the court must reject the plea of guilty.
(5) After the court has heard the plea in mitigation, it may —
at its discretion or on the application of the prosecution or the accused hear any evidence to determine the truth or otherwise of the matters raised before the court which may materially affect the sentence; and
attach such weight to the matter raised as it considers appropriate after hearing the evidence.
(6) The court must then pass sentence according to law immediately or on such day as it thinks fit.
(7) In this section, “victim impact statement” means any statement relating to any harm suffered by any person as a direct result of an offence, which includes physical bodily harm or psychological or psychiatric harm.