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Written Answer by Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam, to Parliamentary Question on Defence Counsel Scandalising and Insulting Moral Integrity of Complainants or Witnesses During Cross-Examination in Criminal Trials for Sexual or Child Abuse Offences

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Asst Prof Mahdev Mohan (Nominated Member of Parliament) 

 

Question:

 

To ask the Minister for Law in each year since 2011, how many instances have there been of cross-examination by defence counsel which have been calculated to scandalise and insult the moral integrity of complainants or witnesses in criminal trials concerning sexual or child abuse offences.  

 

Answer:

 

1.    We do not have the specific numbers requested. However, our discussions with both the courts and the Bar indicate that while this is not yet a serious problem, such conduct does take place. 

Last updated on 11 Sep 2017