|The programme provides support to vulnerable witnesses who have to testify in public prosecutions in criminal cases.
The programme is an initiative of the Subordinate Courts, working with the Singapore Children's Society ("the Society") in collaboration with the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Singapore Police Force. The service is provided free-of-charge.
A vulnerable witness is any child or young person below 16 years of age. He or she may be a victim of a crime, or a witness to a crime, who is required to give evidence in court.
A victim or witness who is above 16 years of age, but who has a mental age of under 16 years, may be included in the programme depending on the circumstances of the matter.
A Volunteer Support Officer("the VSP") is a volunteer recruited by the Society. He or she will be assigned to the vulnerable witness by the Society. This Programme is coordinated by the Bukit Merah Centre at
Block 91, Henderson Road,
#01-112, Singapore 150091,
Tel no: 62765077 or
Fax number 62765075.
The police officer or investigation officer, or the Prosecutor (either a Police Prosecutor or a Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Attorney-General's Chambers) will identify the appropriate case for the programme.