A committee comprising mental-health experts, judges and lawyers has been set up to review homicide laws and the treatment of mentally disabled offenders. Chaired by Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah, the 18-member committee will consider the definition of murder and how one should look at murder committed in the course of rape, violent sexual offences, or offences against very young people who are unable to protect themselves.
Other changes include the setting up of a third law school at SIM University and giving courts more discretion and flexibility in sentencing to ensure that the appropriate sentence is imposed in each case.
The committee, first mentioned during the Committee of Supply debate last year, is expected to make formal recommendations by June 2014.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mr Subhas Anandan has been appointed to the 18-member committee.