No. S 468
Criminal Procedure Code
(Chapter 68)
Criminal Procedure Code (Pleading Guilty by Electronic Means) Regulations 1996
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 137A(6) of the Criminal Procedure Code, the Minister for Law hereby makes the following Regulations:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Criminal Procedure (Pleading Guilty by Electronic Means) Regulations 1996 and shall come into operation on 1st November 1996.
Prescribed offences
2.  For the purposes of section 137A of the Code and these Regulations, a prescribed offence means an offence specified in the Schedule in respect of which —
(a)the accused has not previously been convicted; and
(b)an offer of composition has been made.
Persons qualified to plead guilty by electronic means
3.—(1)  Subject to paragraph (2), an accused who commits any prescribed offence in respect of which the offer of composition has expired before acceptance may plead guilty in the manner set out in section 137A of the Code.
(2)  An accused who has previously been convicted of any offence under the Road Traffic Act [Cap. 276], or under any rules made thereunder, is not permitted to plead guilty in the manner set out in section 137A of the Code.
Mode of payment of fine
4.  Payment of the fine fixed in advance under section 137A(2)(b) of the Code must be made through an electronic funds transfer system approved by the supervising Magistrate whereby payment may be effected by directing the transfer of funds electronically from the bank account of the accused to a bank account designated by the supervising Magistrate who shall account for it in the ordinary way.
Time for pleading guilty
5.  An accused who wishes to plead guilty to a prescribed offence in the manner set out in section 137A of the Code must do so —
(a)after the offer of composition in respect of the prescribed offence has expired; and
(b)not less than 2 days before the date on which the accused is required by summons, or by a prescribed notice under section 133 of the Road Traffic Act, to attend at a court in connection with the prescribed offence.
Made this 29th day of October 1996.
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Law,
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