23 June 2018
The State Courts of Singapore recently organized a seminar for students in which students were given the opportunity to role-play as prosecutors and defendants in a mock courtroom.
The event, entitled “A Day In Court”, introduces to students various aspects of Singapore’s judicial system. This is the seminar’s fifth year.
In the mock courtroom, students had to decide the offender’s punishment, while considering four principles — retribution, deterrence, prevention and rehabilitation. These are the same concepts used by judges here to guide the sentencing process.
This year, students also had the opportunity to attend presentations given by judges on the community court and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods.
The students were also introduced to the mediation process in court.