Title

The Concept of Voluntariness in the Law of Confessions

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2005

Abstract

The common law principle, that no statement by an accused is admissible in evidence unless it is a voluntary statement, is enshrined in s 122(5) of Singapore's Criminal Procedure Code. Both the UK and Australia have abandoned this principle and replaced it with a "reliability test"; statements are excluded only if they are likely to be unreliable. This article questions the desirability of adopting a similar position in Singapore. It examines the jurisprudential basis of the voluntariness concept, the alleged defects of the concept and the applicability of the English and Australian reforms to Singapore. The article concludes that the reliability test should not be adopted because of potential negative ramifications.

Keywords

Criminal procedure, Evidence (Law), Criminal Evidence

Discipline

Criminal Procedure | Evidence

Research Areas

Dispute Resolution

Publication

Singapore Academy of Law Journal

Volume

17

Issue

2

First Page

819

Last Page

866

ISSN

0218-2009

Publisher

Singapore Academy of Law

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