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The Purpose Of Writing Letters Of Representations

Letter of representations are a form of correspondences by you to the Public Prosecutor when you are charged in court in Singapore. These correspondences play a key role in allowing you, as the accused to have your say of your side of the story to the Public Prosecutor before the matter is heard in court.

 

As such, you may highlight to your defence lawyer, pertinent points that the Public Prosecutor may wish to take into consideration and/or to reconsider their charge before finalizing the charge against you in Singapore’s Court. In other words, letter of representations are tools for you as an accused to negotiate for a drop/reduce the charge against you.

 

5 Things That May Happen Before Your Court Trial

Upon the acceptance of your Letter of Representation, the public prosecutor and/or the relevant authorities may:

  1. Drop your charges;
  2. Give you an unconditional stern warning wherein the public prosecutor will not be proceeding with the charge against you and you will be discharged amounting to an acquittal;
  3. Give you a conditional stern warning wherein the public prosecutor will impose certain condition for your compliance while retain the right to prosecute you for this offence in the future. Once the condition(s) had been complied with, you will be discharged amounting to an acquittal;
  4. Amend your charge, either to a heavier sentence or (usually) a lower sentence; or
  5. Proceed with the original charges.

 

Take notice that there is no limit to the amount of the Letter of Representations that you can write to the public prosecutor to present your case.

 

How Long Does A Trial Take?

Prior to the commencement of the trial, the charge will be read to the accused in a language wherein the accused understands.

Thereafter, the accused may choose to either plead guilty or not guilty. Any refusal to plead guilty will be deemed by Singapore court as the accused intending to claim trial and to contest the allegations set out against the accused.

In the event that you wish to plead guilty, a plead guilty mention and a mitigation plea can be dealt with on the same day and will usually be resolved in or around 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the complexity of the matter.

The verdict will usually be given on the same day and may pronouns the sentence immediately.

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Things You Should Know Before A Court Trial

However, if you wish to proceed to trial, the court will usually set out the date of the next pre-trial conference (PTC) and the criminal case management system (CCMS) for parties to discuss their case, disclose information and to assess the relative merits of their case.

Take notice that parties may still engage in plea bargaining at this juncture. Depending on the complexity of the matter, there may be several PTCs before the committal hearing.

The committal hearing is the “trial” for the charges against the accused wherein the public prosecutor will be required to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the crime.

The committal hearing will usually take 1 to 2 days depending on the complexity of the matter and may expand up to weeks if necessary, to resolve the matter.

In the event that the Public Prosecutor succeeded in proving their case beyond reasonable doubt, the court will immediately proceed to a mitigation plea wherein the accused will persuade the Judge to lighten the sentence

How Can Leniency Be Accorded?

Is it true that if you plead guilty early, more leniency will be accorded?

One of the basis for leniency to be provided to the accused is a genuine remorse by the accused for the commission of the offence. The court will generally accept a timeous plea as an indicative that of the accused’s remorse.

The court will also be appreciative of the time and cost saved by the court for the timeous plea of guilt made by accused.

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