The Provisions for Bail Set under Singapore Criminal Law

Apr 16th 2015 at 2:47 AM

The Singapore criminal law & procedure allows bail to be paid in the form of a sum of money or as an undertaking. The undertaking is for the instance when the accused does not show up in front of either the court or the police when required.

Provisions for Bail underĀ Singapore Criminal Law Procedure

The bail for the accused can be submitted by anyone, and he or she is called the surety. When the bail amount is large, more than a single person may be allowed to pay the bail amount. The minimum age for a person to become a surety is 21 years and not suffering from any form of legal disability. An accused is allowed to self-pay the security by submitting a personal bond.

According to criminal law & procedure in Singapore, bail amounts that are less than or equivalent of $ 15,000 can be paid using items of personal property such as jewellery or movable household items as collateral. One requires no proof to show the ownership of the items that are submitted as collateral. Bail amounts that are greater than $15,000 must be paid as cash, saving account funds or fixed deposits.

 Singapore Criminal Law

Conditions for Bail

There are certain conditions that must be met by the accused before he or she is released from custody on bail. The accused has to appear before a designated court or the police on being summoned, and is forbidden to leave the country of Singapore without first seeking permission from court.

The conditions also apply to the person acting as surety for the accused. The surety must ensure that the accused appears in front of a court or the police when summoned. The surety should maintain communication with the accused on a daily basis and must inform the police within 24 hours if there is no contact is possible. The surety must also ensure that the accused is not able to leave Singapore without the consent of the court or the police.

Non-Bailable Offences

An accused charged under specific sections that deal with crimes of serious nature and include the provision of capital punishment under Singapore criminal law will not be granted a bail. Offences such as rape, kidnapping or causing hurt voluntarily using a dangerous weapon are some instances where bail can be denied to a person. It is up to the court to determine if bail can be granted or not.

Discharge of Bail under Singapore Criminal Law

There are also provisions in Singapore criminal law where a surety can file an application to the court for the discharge of the bail submitted. Following this, the accused becomes eligible to be arrested by the police or even by the surety himself and presented to the police. This absolves the surety from any liability caused by the bail-jumping of the accused. If an accused jumps his or her bail, the surety will have to forfeit the bail amount unless he or she can provide a convincing reason to the court for the reason behind the bail-jumping by the accused, in which case the court has the authority to absolve the surety.

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