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SUSS Criminal Law Seminar Series: “Are there such things as unmitigable offences?”

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Event ID: EV24000143


When faced with certain crimes, it is sometimes difficult to discern whether there are any legally valid mitigating factors available to the accused. For example, in particularly heinous offences of sexual abuse within the family context, or abuses of public office, it is a difficult task for lawyers to raise genuinely mitigating factors, as opposed to merely neutral factors (like lack of a previous criminal record).

Indeed, in attempting to mitigate, lawyers may run the risk of even making things worse for the accused, for example, raising good character can be a double-edged sword as the court may take the view that the offending is even more serious, given the accused’s previous good standing.

This event explores the issue of whether any offences are truly unmitigable, and if so, how lawyers can add value in sentencing such cases. Justice See Kee Oon will deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion involving members of the Judiciary and the criminal bar.

Seminar Programme

2:30pm - 3:30pmRegistration for CPD points
3:00pm - 3:30pm

"Are there such things as unmitigable offences?"

The Honourable Justice See Kee Oon

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Panel Discussion

The Honourable Justice See Kee Oon

The Honourable Justice (Retired) Kan Ting Chiu

Ms Sadhana Rai (CLAS)

Associate Professor Ferlin Jayatissa (SUSS)

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Q&A Session

5:00pm - 5:30pm Tea Reception


Metropolitan YMCA, The Vine Ballroom

60 Stevens Road,

Singapore 257854


Registration Fee - $81


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SILE Attendance Policy

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, you must sign in on arrival and sign out at the conclusion in the manner required by the organiser, and not be absent from the entire activity for more than fifteen minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

SILE Accredited CPD Activity (HORIZONTAL)

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