Sentencing in Singapore
Sentencing is an important element in the court process. In deciding the appropriate punishment for an offence, the Courts give close attention to the facts and circumstances of each case, as sentencing is a fact-sensitive exercise. At the same time, the Courts are guided by the sentencing range and options specified by the law, as well as sentencing principles, such as the principle that all offenders are equal before the law, regardless of their social status and academic qualifications.
The Courts are assisted by the Prosecution and the Defence in arriving at a just and fair punishment after the offender has pleaded guilty to a charge or has been found guilty by the Courts at the end of a trial.
The Guide on Sentencing in Singapore
is prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law, with inputs from the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Law Society of Singapore. It is intended to promote greater awareness of the many factors considered by the Courts in deciding on an appropriate sentence. This Guide also aims to help readers better understand the Singapore criminal justice system.
The Guide does not bind the Prosecution or the Courts, and does not constitute legal advice.
For more information on sentencing, please refer to:
- Ministerial Statement on the Review of Sentencing Framework for Sexual and Hurt offences – Speech by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law delivered on 5 March 2021
- Guide on Sentencing in Singapore [Published on 5 March 2021]