Criminal Mediation In Singapore – Tailoring The Process To The Parties

Mr Weng Kuan Eugene Teo1

1State Courts, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

This paper seeks to shed some light on a mediation process in Singapore which has not received much review: i.e. Criminal Mediations. The paper traces its history, development, rationale, and the legal framework which has since been built around it. The paper then examines the nature of Mediation and the rather unique advantages which it offers in the context of a criminal case. It also examines some of its limitations before suggesting a particular mapping of case types to the mediation techniques and tools to be adopted. This mapping of the cases appears to also have been implicitly acknowledged as well in other jurisdictions.


Eugene Teo Weng Kuan is a District Judge in the Criminal Justice Division of the State Courts of Singapore. He was appointed to this position in 2002. Prior to this, he was working as a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He currently presides as a trial judge over a broad range of criminal offence types. He also has duties as a Procedural Judge in overseeing the timely disposition of pending criminal cases.

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