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Proposed changes show shift in Govt's thinking on criminal justice

Proposed changes to the criminal justice system , such as video recording of police interviews, mark a "major step in the long-term move towards a more progressive, balanced and modern criminal justice system that still protects society from crime effectively", said the Ministry of Law (MinLaw).

Other changes under the Criminal Justice Reform Bill and the Evidence (Amendment) Bill tabled in Parliament yesterday include safeguards to prevent defence lawyers from questioning victims of sexual and child abuse on their sexual behaviour, and expansion of community-based sentencing options.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Proposed changes show shift in Govt's thinking on criminal justice'. Print Edition | Subscribe