Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 4/1969

Read the first time on 8th April 1969.
An Act to amend the Criminal Procedure Code (Chapter 132 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act, 1969, and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Amendment of cross-heading of Chapter XXA
2.  The Criminal Procedure Code is hereby amended by deleting the words “WITHOUT A JURY” appearing in the cross-heading of Chapter XXA thereof.
Repeal and re-enactment of Chapter XXI
3.  Chapter XXI of the Criminal Procedure Code commencing with section 178 thereof and ending with section 238, inclusive of both sections, is hereby repealed and the following substituted therefor: —
Chapter XXI
Trial of capital offences
178.—(1)  In all cases where the punishment of death is authorised by law, the accused shall be tried by a court consisting of three Judges of the High Court.
(2)  The decision of the court may be arrived at unanimously or by majority and where the decision is that the accused is guilty, judgment shall be entered accordingly and the court shall proceed to pass sentence on the convicted person according to law either then or at a later time during the same Assizes.
(3)  If the three Judges of the High Court are unable to arrive at a decision either unanimously or by majority, the court may acquit the accused or discharge him, such discharge not amounting to an acquittal; in either case the accused may be tried before another court consisting of three Judges of the High Court other than those who had tried him previously.”.