Keeping remand numbers in check with e-tagging and reduced bail

This is the sixth in The Straits Times series by Senior Law Correspondent K. C. Vijayan on legal issues, with each edition tied to a specific area of law. Today's articles, themed on criminal law, dwell on aspects of accused persons on remand, white-collar crime and three drug trafficking cases where the top court reversed the decisions and added more clarity to the drug laws.

Lawyer Peter Ong Lip Cheng speaking to his client - who is wearing an electronic tag on his left ankle - at his office on Thursday. The rise in the number of accused persons who are released on reduced bail with e-tagging, as well as those placed on
Lawyer Peter Ong Lip Cheng speaking to his client - who is wearing an electronic tag on his left ankle - at his office on Thursday. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Reviewing remand numbers, tracking remand cases and considering moves to offer bail to more, instead of keeping accused persons in remand.

These are some concerns that a task force from the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) seeks to address, acting in concert with other agencies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2020, with the headline 'Keeping remand numbers in check with e-tagging and reduced bail'. Print Edition | Subscribe