Opening the Door to Fickle-minded Guilty Pleas? - Public Prosecutor v Dinesh s/o Rajantheran [2019] 1 SLR 1289

Posted: 13 Aug 2020

See all articles by Gerome Goh

Gerome Goh

Singapore Management University - School of Law

Date Written: July 14, 2020

Abstract

Unlike applications to retract guilty pleas, accused persons are not required to provide valid and sufficient reasons when qualifying their guilty pleas in mitigation. In Criminal Reference No. 5 of 2018, the Court of Appeal held that section 228(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code allows accused persons to qualify their guilty pleas in mitigation to the extent that it amounts to a retraction of their guilty pleas unless there is an abuse of the court’s process. This comment considers the desirability of the current law and suggests that the law applying to such withdrawals of guilty pleas should be amended.

Keywords: Criminal Law, Penal Code, Guilty Pleas, Withdrawal

Suggested Citation

Teng Jun Gerome, Goh, Opening the Door to Fickle-minded Guilty Pleas? - Public Prosecutor v Dinesh s/o Rajantheran [2019] 1 SLR 1289 (July 14, 2020). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3650730

Goh Teng Jun Gerome (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore, 179943
Singapore

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
111
PlumX Metrics