Summary of Speech by The Attorney-General, Mr V K Rajah, SC, At The Opening Of The Legal Year 2016 (11 January 2016)
- The AG’s exercise of prosecutorial powers is independent of the Government. Direct all feedback to his chambers (not the Government): .
- The AGC will take a robust approach against serious crimes: .
- For less serious crimes, the AGC is prepared to seriously consider extenuating circumstances which warrant reducing charges or issuing warning letters in lieu of prosecution: .
- Community sentences will be explored further: .
- AGC will work with enforcement agencies, prison authorities and MSF to assist families of convicts who are sole breadwinners: .
- For mentally ill convicts, treatment is priority: . The Government has also formed an inter-ministry study looking into youth justice issues: .
- AGC has started working with police and CNB officers to video record accused persons’ statements: .
- The time taken for cases to progress through the system is an issue: . “A few defence counsel should also consider if they are taking on more work than they can promptly attend to”: .
- Possible development in Criminal Case Disclosure System: prosecution and defence show hands early at the same time: .