Since 2012, the Law Society’s Criminal Practice Committee began work on a “Pamphlet of Rights” (“Pamphlet”) for members of the public. The idea was to provide basic information in a condensed and ‘simple to understand’ form to the public on the relevant rights a person has when being questioned by the police and the process they should expect during investigations.
This is a ground breaking piece of document in Singapore.
The Pamphlet is a result of collaborative efforts and engagement with various stakeholders in criminal justice system like AGC and MHA with the constant and strong support from the Ministry of Law. The Pamphlet is being distributed to community clubs and police stations around the country where it will soon be made available to members of the public. The Pamphlet will now be made available in police stations to persons who are arrested or brought in for questioning. The Law Society hopes to make it available in as many public locations as possible.
This Pamphlet is important and necessary because criminal lawyers recognise that information about legal rights during investigations may not be easy for members of the public to find or understand without the assistance of lawyers.
The Law Society is extremely pleased to be able to bring this Pamphlet to the public in Singapore now and hopes that this community centric project will enhance access to information and increase channels for access to justice for members of the public.
Soft copies of the pamphlet in each of the four official languages can be downloaded here: English, Chinese, Malay & Tamil.