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Hany Soh on Post-appeal Applications in Capital Cases Bill

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Under what circumstances would one, three or five Court of Appeal (CA) judges be assigned to hear requests for permission to make a post-appeal application in a capital case (PACC), as well as the application itself? This question was asked by MP Hany Soh in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 29). While she understood the efficiency of having a single judge, she said the fact that a PACC could be a final attempt to prevent a possible miscarriage of justice meant it might be “prudent” to have at least three CA judges to hear such applications. If there is indeed a single judge and a case is dealt with without an oral hearing, Ms Soh suggested that a substantive written decision be given to explain a rejection and that the prisoner or their counsel be allowed to write in to seek clarification or make further submissions.

Under what circumstances would one, three or five Court of Appeal (CA) judges be assigned to hear requests for permission to make a post-appeal application in a capital case (PACC), as well as the application itself? This question was asked by MP Hany Soh in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 29). While she understood the efficiency of having a single judge, she said the fact that a PACC could be a final attempt to prevent a possible miscarriage of justice meant it might be “prudent” to have at least three CA judges to hear such applications. If there is indeed a single judge and a case is dealt with without an oral hearing, Ms Soh suggested that a substantive written decision be given to explain a rejection and that the prisoner or their counsel be allowed to write in to seek clarification or make further submissions.

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