Singapore University of Social Sciences

Criminal Law in Practice: An Overview

Criminal Law in Practice: An Overview (PSS213)


PSS213 Criminal Law in Practice: An Overview provides a general overview of the procedures involved in the implementation of substantive criminal law. The enforcement of laws is carried out by appointed authority figures and they are required to follow certain procedures in establishing the culpability of an accused person. Part of the course briefly discusses rules related to evidence. Students will also gain a general understanding of important concepts in criminal law, and be introduced to the basic fundamentals of criminal law in Singapore.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Criminal Procedure I: An Introduction
  • Criminal Procedure II: Arrest, Investigation and Charge
  • Criminal Procedure III: Pre-Trial & Trial
  • Proof at Trial I – Burden of Proof
  • Proof at Trial II - Relevant facts
  • Proof at Trial III - Hearsay
  • Proof at Trial IV- Character
  • Proof at Trial V- Opinion
  • Proof at Trial VI- Illegally obtained evidence
  • Proof at Trial VII- Corroboration
  • Criminal Procedure IV: Sentencing and Appeal
  • Criminal Procedure V: Coroner’s Inquiries

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the various rules pertaining to criminal procedures
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal concepts
  • Analyse relevant issues of law, fact and procedure
  • Identify the basic legal concepts
  • Examine nuances in the development of criminal law
  • Apply basic rules of evidence in hypothetical situations
  • Illustrate challenges related with criminal procedures
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