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Directions of Juvenile Justice Reforms in Singapore

Kamal, Chomil
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Visiting Experts’ Papers, 118th International Training Course, Resource Material Series No. 59, pp. 113-127. Tokyo: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute For the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders. Downloaded 14 February 2005.

The Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) Chapter 38 is the key legislation governing the administration of juvenile justice in Singapore. Though enacted as early as 23 September 1946, the spirit, intents and purposes of the CYPA remain progressive and very much relevant in
our present Singapore society. Welfare of the juvenile is a guiding principle of this Act. Juveniles in conflict with the law are not excused of responsibility or accountability for their misconduct. The
Act determines the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court for persons aged 7 to under 16 year olds and spells out clear principles for care and protection orders, f it person orders, social work and supervised treatment, approved home and young offender in custody. The CYPA balances parental authority and State intervention. As a nation, Singapore’s response to
youth offending has been to pursue a fine equilibrium in the management of juvenile offenders such that the justice and restorative models are not opposing paradigms but that they actually
compliment each other as mutually supportive elements of the juvenile justice system. (excerpt)


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