How do you prove you have no criminal record in Singapore?

Reading Time: 4 minutesSo, you are migrating, adopting a child or getting employed/educated in a different country. You have been requested to produce evidence of a clean criminal record in Singapore. How best would one go about proving a clean criminal record? In such circumstances, it would be best to obtain a document known as a “Certificate of […]

香港:第二次机会──推翻认罪答辩的法律原则

Reading Time: 1 minutes在某些罕见情况下,被告人虽然有代表律师,但在作出认罪答辩前未获其律师提供适当意见(或被告人并无代表律师),则被告人可能需要以认罪答辩含糊为由,申请推翻其答辩。在最近HKSAR v Chan Chi Ho Lincoln [2018] HKCFA 64一案中,终审法院澄清了规管法院就被告人申请推翻认罪答辩而行使酌情权的原则。

Countering Workplace Sexual Harassment in Singapore

Reading Time: 9 minutesThe Story In 60 Seconds There’s no specific law in Singapore that directly addresses sexual harassment in the workplace. However, the Penal Code and the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA) provide measures that cover both physical and non-physical forms of sexual harassment. While no official statistics on the number of sexual harassment cases exist, the […]

What constitutes an illegal public assembly or procession?

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn the past six months alone, several illegal assemblies have left Singaporeans perplexed over what an “illegal assembly” means. This article takes a deeper look into the reasons to why these cases have made the term more contentious of late. In doing so, we hope to help you make a more informed decision before committing […]

When is a civilian allowed to arrest a criminal in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesTo what extent can civilians be involved in prosecuting a perpetrator? In what ways can civilians as individuals bring justice and be involved within the criminal process? Such questions are posed by ordinary people like us, who doubt whether we have a moral responsibility to bring criminals in light of the law. We as civilians […]

A contract is, but just a click away

Reading Time: 7 minutesAvid shoppers will recognise the wonderful shopping bargains on Black Fridays, Cyber Mondays, 11.11 Singles Day and sales on 12.12. From e-retailers like Redmart to online marketplaces like Carousell, the convenience of the internet has indeed made it much easier for us to indulge in our occasional need for retail therapy. Online communication methods such […]

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Organ Trading in Singapore – Is it time to lift the ban?

Reading Time: 5 minutesOrgan trading is illegal In 2008,  prominent businessman Tang Wee Sung, then owner of the CK Tang departmental store was jailed for a day and fined $17,000 for trying to purchase a kidney. Organ trading is illegal in Singapore and banned by the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA). Despite various amendments to the law, organ […]

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What constitutes elderly abuse?

Reading Time: 4 minutesElderly abuse is an issue that has been discussed in the public sphere recently, with the Vulnerable Adults Bill being passed in Parliament in May this year, and scheduled to come into force by the end of the year. Elderly abuse refers to the situation where caretakers of elderly people (often a family member) abuse […]

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Top 5 Contract Tips for An Esports Player

Reading Time: 4 minutesSo, you are considering upping your game in Esports and joining a team.  Short of having your own lawyer, what are some of the top five things for you to consider from a legal perspective? In this first of a two part series, video games and entertainment lawyer Adrian Kwong shares his views of some […]

What does it mean to plead guilty in Singapore?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIf you are found to have committed a crime, you will receive a court summons requiring you to appear in court. When an accused person chooses to plead guilty, it basically means that he or she does not intend to contest the proceeded charges against him or her. If the accused is a body corporate, […]

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Repealing Section 377A

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhat constitutional challenge does Section 377A of the Penal Code face? In Singapore the recent proposal to reform the Penal Code has once again left s 377A untouched. However, elsewhere the equivalent section has been invalidated. In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of India struck down a provision similar to s 377A, generating widespread […]