Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act Amendments
On 19 March 2018, the Singapore Parliament approved a suite of new criminal justice reforms by way of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (“CPC“) and the Evidence Act (“EA“). The CPC provides the framework for criminal investigations and the procedure for criminal hearings, and the EA provides the framework for all matters concerning evidence in court. The Ministry of Law (“MinLaw“) had issued a public consultation in respect of the amendments in July 2017, with further proposed amendments added in January 2018. The changes are expected to come into force before the end of 2018.
Investigative agencies’ computer-related powers of investigation
Video recording of interviews
Protection of legal professional privilege (“LPP“) during investigations
Introduction of deferred prosecution agreements (“DPA“)