Innocence Project (Singapore)

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The Innocence Project (Singapore) is a student-led initiative that seeks to provide recourse to individuals who believe they have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.

While a well functioning criminal justice system strives to convict the guilty and protect the innocent, the imprisonment of innocent persons debases this purpose, destroying lives of the wrongly convicted, falsely reassuring the victims, allowing real perpetrators the freedom to commit further crimes, and ultimately undermining public confidence in our criminal justice system.

The first of its kind in Singapore, the Innocence Project (Singapore) is a collaborative effort between the NUS Criminal Justice Club, The Law Society of Singapore, and the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore (ACLS). It is based on the shared view that even in the best of criminal justice systems, error cannot be completely ruled out, and that the Innocence Project (Singapore) will address this in a way that no other existing institution does.

The Innocence Project (Singapore) maintains its membership size at around 30 across all batches of NUS law students. We provide training opportunities for our members and expect good quality work and a high level of dedication. Members should be able to commit for the duration of one academic year. In groups of three, members will work under the guidance of a senior member and execute their responsibilities under the Innocence Project (Singapore) in, broadly, two aspects.

On the front end, the Innocence Project (Singapore) reviews and investigates claims of wrongful conviction. Student members, in consultation with the Project core team and NUS Law faculty advisors, will make a preliminary assessment on the merits of applications. The assessment process may include conducting interviews with applicants and witnesses, and seeking out evidence to corroborate the testimonies obtained. Analysis of evidential and procedural aspects of the applications may also be required. Meritorious applications will be brought to lawyers from The Law Society of Singapore and the ACLS, following which lawyers may take on the case in a pro-bono capacity.

On the back end, the Innocence Project (Singapore) maintains its website as an outreach platform and engages in research work relating to the issue of wrongful conviction. We take our research work seriously and aim to gain specialist knowledge in our field of expertise. Student members of the Project may be asked to assist with the research initiatives and/or to contribute articles of interest to our website.

More information may be obtained from the Innocence Project (Singapore) website at sginnocenceproject.com. Should you have any further queries, please write to ipenquiries@justice.sg and we will be happy to answer them.