Criminal Law



Criminal law generally defines conduct that is not allowed because it threatens, harms or endangers the safety and welfare of others, as well as the punishment to be imposed on people who do not obey these laws. In Singapore, the general principles of criminal law, including the elements and penalties of common criminal offences such as homicide, theft and cheating, are set out in the Penal Code and other statutes, such as the Misuse of Drugs Act.


A criminal case may have severe consequences. If you have been accused of a crime, your life and liberty are potentially at stake. This section of Q&As aims to provide you with basic information about criminal offences and their associated penalties, as well as specific aspects of the criminal justice process, such as, arrests, criminal prosecution and bail.