The goal of the criminal justice system is to enable justice to be served in every case. In sentencing an offender, the Courts pay 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 Government takes a tough stance against sexual and hurt offences. Significant amendments have been made over the years to enhance protection for victims of sexual and hurt offences.
Sentencing Framework for Sexual and Hurt Offences
In deciding on the appropriate sentence, the Court will usually take into account four key sentencing principles and decide how much weight to place on each principle in the context of each case:
All persons are equal before the law. Offenders with higher educational qualifications will not be automatically assessed as having greater rehabilitative potential. The Courts also do not consider one’s social status in sentencing. The Courts ultimately seek to do justice in each case.Download Sentencing in Singapore Guide (.pdf, 624kb)
For more information on the sentencing framework for sexual and hurt offences, refer to: