The guiding philosophy of the juvenile justice system is that the rehabilitation of the juvenile offender is the best way to prevent him from re-offending. The task of rehabilitation involves re-integrating the juvenile offender with his family and the community. It requires him to take responsibility both for his wrongdoing and his future. This is an effort involving many parties, not least the juvenile offender himself.
This book explores the roles played by the various parties in the rehabilitation of the juvenile offender, including probation officers, social workers, institutional staff, his school, parents, extended family, and so on. It also covers the legal principles, case law, procedures and processes in the arena of juvenile crime, and shows how the juvenile justice system is designed to advance and promote the rehabilitation philosophy.
Packed with comprehensive and useful information and insights, analyses of reported cases, as well as case studies of juvenile offenders, this book will be a useful guide and resource for anyone who is interested in learning about the Singapore juvenile justice system.
– analyses juvenile arrest cases over the past decade
– details the workings of the juvenile justice system and roles played by its numerous stakeholders
– tackles various technical legal issues unique to juvenile law
– provides case studies of actual juvenile offenders
– presents statistics (including ones not currently publicly available) on the recidivism rates of juvenile offenders
Lim Hui Min started her legal career in private practice, doing mainly commercial litigation. She subsequently joined the Subordinate Courts as a Magistrate and was later appointed as a District Judge.
She spent the bulk of her time with the Family and Juvenile Court, where she presided over both family and juvenile court cases. After this, she was seconded to the then Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports where she worked as a policy officer, helping to design programmes to help low-income families.
Thereafter, she joined the Legal Aid Bureau, where she gave legal help to the less privileged. She is currently Director of the Legal Services Unit at the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications in the areas of civil procedure, family and juvenile law.
PART A JUVENILES AND THE LAW
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Diverting Potential and Actual Juvenile Offenders from the Court System
Chapter 3 Which Court to Deal with the Juvenile Offender?
Chapter 4 The Juvenile Court – Principles, Procedures and Practices
Chapter 5 Deciding on the Best Dispositional Orders to Make
Chapter 6 Dispositional Orders – Options
Chapter 7 Post-order – Monitoring and ensuring compliance
Chapter 8 Outcomes
PART B JOURNEYS TO REHABILITATION – CASE STUDIES
Stories from the Case Files of the Probation Services Branch and the Juvenile Homes Branch
“Having served as a District Judge, worked in the Legal Aid Bureau, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry overseeing critical aspects of juvenile justice, [the author] has gained a unique perspective from which she can detail the progress made and highlight gaps that remain … There is a current dearth of academic writing on juvenile justice compared to other areas of law. This book seeks to plug this gap by describing in assiduous detail the workings of the juvenile justice system and roles played by its numerous stakeholders … It is a book meant not only for lawyers and law students, … enforcement officers, juvenile rehabilitation centres and children’s homes staff, counsellors, social workers, educators, probation officers and mentors to troubled young persons will all benefit from it.”
— The Honourable Judge of Appeal Justice V K Rajah