Sentencing Conference 2017: Review, Rehabilitation and Reintegration

This SAL Signature Conference is supported by the SAL's Learning Partner, the State Courts of Singapore. This established conference is an opportunity for legal practitioners, legal service officers, academics and members of the Judiciary to dialogue on issues impacting sentencing in criminal prosecutions locally and globally.


Day 1 (Thursday, 26 October 2017)



9.00 am




9.30 am

Introductory remarks


The Honourable Justice See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge of the State Courts of Singapore


9.45 am

Keynote Address:


The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Supreme Court  of Singapore


10.30 am

Morning Tea Break


11.00 am

Special Lecture: “Perspectives on Open Justice: Anonymity and Confidentiality”


The Rt Honourable Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales


11.45 am

Session 1: International Developments in Rehabilitative Sentencing Jurisprudence and Practice


The classical objects of sentencing are deterrence, retribution, prevention and rehabilitation. Of these, rehabilitation has gained increasing prominence in recent years. This session will explore international developments in rehabilitative sentencing jurisprudence and practice, including in the areas of restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, problem-solving justice and solutions-focussed courts, and consider how some of these approaches may be adapted and applied in the Singapore context.



Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Chairperson, Sentencing Advisory Council (Australia)

Professor David B. WexlerDirector, International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, University of Puerto Rico


1.00 pm



2.00 pm

Session 2: Probation and Community-Based Sentencing


A broad array of sentencing options are available to the courts with the aim of rehabilitating and reintegrating the offender. This session will explore probation and community-based sentences (CBS); and consider whether such sentencing options are suitable, in particular, for sexual offences, property offences, offences involving negligence and offences of strict liability. Other initiatives, such as deferred sentencing options under the Court Pre-Sentence Protocol, and the practice of post-sentence reviews by the Progress Accountability Court, will also be explored.



Mr Bala Reddy, Principal District Judge, Community Justice and Tribunal Division, State Courts of Singapore



Ms Aileen TanChief Probation Officer, Ministry of Social and Family Developmen

Mr Rockey Francisco Junior, Director, Community Corrections Command, Singapore Prison Service

Mr Eddy Tham, District Judge, Community Court, State Courts of Singapore

Mr Kow Keng Siong, Chief Prosecutor, Attorney-General’s Chambers

Ms Sadhana Rai, CLAS Advocate, Law Society of Singapore 


3.30 pm

Afternoon Tea Break


4.00 pm

Session 3: Incarceration – Changes and Convergence


The landmark decision of the three-judge coram of the High Court in the cases of Sim Yeow Kee v PP and Loi Wenda v PP [2016] SGHC 209 cast a spotlight on the programmes available for incarcerated persons undergoing corrective training and regular imprisonment. In particular, while the aims of these incarceration regimes are different, the rehabilitative programmes offered by the Prisons, as well as recent changes to the Prisons Act, have narrowed the differences in these incarceration regimes significantly. This session will shed light on the rehabilitative programmes offered under these incarceration regimes, including the Mandatory Aftercare Scheme and the Conditional Remission Scheme. It will also consider the other incarceration options currently available to the sentencing court, including reformative training (for young offenders) and preventive detention, as well as explore developments in case law that may provide further guidance on situations where the different forms of incarceration punishments may be more appropriately applied.



Mr Chay Yuen Fatt, District JudgeDistrict Judge, State Courts of Singapor

Ms Shie Yong Lee, Deputy Commissioner of Prisons 

Dr Narayanan Ganapathy, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS





Day 2 (Friday, 27 October 2017)



9.00 am




9.30 am

Keynote Address


10.15 am

Morning Tea Break


10.45 am

Session 4: Psychiatric Conditions, Criminal Culpability and Sentencing


Offenders with psychiatric conditions present unique challenges in sentencing. This session will consider, among other things, the forensic psychiatric assessment process; causality between psychiatric conditions and the commission of offences; and the criminal culpability of persons of low IQ or who suffer from psychiatric conditions. How is the court to make a determination on such issues, especially when faced with conflicting psychiatric assessments? Various ideas to minimise such conflicts will also be discussed, such as the use of a common template for psychiatric reports, more information-sharing and possibly “hot-tubbing” between prosecution and defence psychiatrists and, more radically, having a single joint expert appointed from a panel of approved forensic psychiatrists. The session will also touch on available sentencing options such as mandatory treatment orders (MTOs), as well as the psychiatric help available for persons remanded or serving sentence in prison.



Mr Siva Shanmugam, District Judge, Criminal Justice Division, State Courts of Singapore



Dr Stephen Phang, Senior Consultant, Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health 

Dr Lim Yun Chin, Psychiatrist, Raffles Hospital

Ms Lee Lit Cheng, Second Chief Prosecutor, Attorney-General’s Chambers

Mr Sunil Sudheesan, President, Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore 


12.45 pm



2.00 pm

Session 5: Consistency in Sentencing


How can the courts maintain and enhance consistency in sentencing? This session will review how the courts have made use of various sentencing tools, such as benchmarks, graphs and tables to achieve consistency in sentencing, and also provide an update on new technological tools available in the Sentencing Information and Research Repository (SIR). It will explore the advantages of using such tools, as well as the potential pitfalls, with perspectives from the prosecution and the criminal bar.



Mr Ong Hian Sun, Principal District Judge, State Courts of Singapore



Mr Toh Yung CheongDistrict Judge, State Courts of Singapore

Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Chairperson, Sentencing Advisory Council (Australia)

Mr Tan Ken Hwee, Chief Prosecutor, Attorney-General’s Chambers

Mr Gregory Vijayendran, President, Law Society of Singapore


3.30 pm

Afternoon Tea Break


4.00 pm

Session 6: Reintegration – the Hope Ahead


Synopsis: The reintegration of ex-offenders into society is key to reducing their risk of reoffending. The greatest challenge that they often face is the lack of pro-social support networks. This session will discuss various initiatives for the aftercare and support of ex-offenders to foster their acceptance and reintegration; as well as share the experiences of individuals who have been involved in the process.



Ms Jennifer Marie, Deputy Presiding Judge and Registrar of the State Courts



Mr Prem Kumar, Executive Director, Singapore After-Care Association 

Mr Stanley Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)

Mr Benny Se Teo, Co-founder, Eighteen Chefs 


5.00 pm

Closing remarks


The Honourable Justice See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge of the State Courts of Singapore



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Venue: Supreme Court Auditorium, Basement 2, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879

Event Date: 26-27 October 2017


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This SAL Signature Conference is supported by the SAL's Learning Partner, the State Courts of Singapore. This established conference is an opportunity for legal practitioners, legal service officers, academics and members of the Judiciary to dialogue on issues impacting sentencing in criminal prosecutions locally and globally.