Our Roles

Criminal Prosecutions

The AGC officers of the Criminal Justice Division (“CJD”) are responsible for all criminal prosecutions except those relating to financial and technology offences, which come under the purview of the Financial and Technology Crime Division.

CJD comprises 4 Specialist Groups.

The Specialist Groups 1,2 and 3 are responsible for the following:

  • prosecutions of capital, non-capital and specialised crimes cases in the High Court and offences under various Statutes, including the Penal Code in the State Courts;
  • Criminal Appeals and Magistrates’ Appeals in the Court of Appeal and the High Court for cases arising from the offences prosecuted in the High Court, Magistrates’ Courts and District Courts;
  • dealing with matters under the Visiting Forces Act
  • other ancillary hearings such as Criminal Revisions, Criminal Motions, Criminal References and Originating Summonses in the Court of Appeal and the High Court;
  • advice on clemency petitions made to the President;
  • liaising with International Affairs Division on international criminal matters;
  • supervision of prosecutions conducted by other Government departments and agencies;
  • Disposal Inquiries; and
  • Coroners’ Inquiries.

Additionally, CJD officers make prosecutorial decisions; evaluate evidence disclosed during the course of investigations and direct further investigations to be carried out, where necessary. The Specialist Group 4 also oversees all prosecutions conducted by Police Prosecutors and Prosecuting Officers within public bodies.

The Specialist Group 4 is responsible for:

  • rendering legal advice to Ministries, Governmental departments and agencies on criminal matters;
  • dealing with matters under the Criminal Law Temporary Provisions Act;
  • advising the Police on Police disciplinary proceedings;
  • dealing with applications for judicial reviews;
  • dealing with offences relating to race and religion;
  • dealing with crimes relating to professionals;
  • dealing with crimes affecting the administration of justice;
  • dealing with non-fatal traffic offences and Immigration Act offences;
  • oversight over Ministry and Statutory Board matters;
  • evaluating requests for fiats for private prosecutions;
  • providing inputs on the drafting of legislation in areas involving criminal legal procedure;
  • conducting research on specific criminal justice issues;
  • formulating policies and collaborating with Ministries on legal reforms.

The CJD is supported by a common registry, which plays an important role in the efficient administration of cases. It consists of:

  • the Projects and Analytical Unit which identifies crime trends and undertakes quantitative research on those crime trends and maintains a repository of statistical information of all matters and cases dealt with by CJD
  • the Client Services Unit which schedules and manages appointments for investigation officers who require urgent advice to consult with the Duty Public Prosecutor at AGC Building or the Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor at his office at the State Courts. It also deals with incoming investigation papers and electronic investigation papers from various enforcement agencies requesting legal advice and prosecutorial directions and schedules appointments for external counsel to attend meetings under the Criminal Case Management System with the DPPs or APP.
  • the Representations Unit which processes representations from defence counsel and defendants
Last updated / reviewed on 23 Aug 2017