Two Aspects of Private Defense

Posted: 8 Oct 2004


The right of private defense sometimes attracts a rather robust application of the law to the facts. ... This may spell danger as such a robust approach may overlook the slightly more involved intricacies of some of the questions that arise. Two particular areas will be highlighted with reference to decided cases. The first involves the question of when there can be said to be time to have recourse to public authority, such that the right of private defense is extinguished. The second relates to whether the right of private defense continues when a person is attacked by an armed assailant but he manages, in the course of the struggle, to wrest control of the weapon.

Keywords: Criminal law, defenses, private defense, self-defense, Singapore

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Lee, Kiat Seng, Two Aspects of Private Defense. Singapore Academy of Law Journal, Vol. 8, p. 343, 1996. Available at SSRN:

Kiat Seng Lee (Contact Author)

Wee Swee Teow & Co ( email )

65 Chulia Street
#27-00 OCBC Building
Singapore, 049513
+65 6532 2966 (Phone)
+65 6534 3294 (Fax)

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