Major Teoh’s Blog

March 30, 2007

DI – Proceedings

Filed under: DI - Proceedings,Domestic Inquiry Roles — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 4:49 pm

Domestic Inquiry Proceedings.  

  1. Panel sits at the appointed time and venue to commence the inquiry.
  2. The Chairman introduces the panel members to the defendant. Challenges or objections if any to be recorded.
  3. Confirmation of the witnesses by parties, choice of common language as well as the representation for the defendant.
  4. The Chairman reads and explains the charges to the defendant.
  5. Records the plea of the defendant.
  6. If the defendant pleads guilty, the Chairman will repeat the charges and explain the consequences of the offence and confirm the plea again. Both parties will be required to submit their cases to reinforce or to mitigate.
  7. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the process continues.
  8. Prosecuting Officer presents his case and witnesses. Witnesses will be asked to relate their knowledge of the  case to the panel through questioning process by Prosecuting Officer. The panel members may intervene to clarify.
  9. Upon completion of the questioning, the defendant is given the opportunity to cross-examine the witness.
  10. The Prosecuting Officer will then be given the opportunity to re-examine his witness.
  11. This process is repeated for every witness that is brought in front of the panel.
  12. The witnesses of the defendant will go through the same process where the Defendant will conduct his questioning first, followed by the Prosecuting Officer in his cross-examination.
  13. After all the witnesses and evidence has been put forward to the panel, both parties will be asked to make their submission of the case. All the facts and evidence of the case will be summarised at this step.
  14. The Chairman will then close the inquiry and release the parties.
  15. The panel will deliberate on the case and prepare its findings and recommendations for submission to the appropriate authority as required by the notice of the inquiry.
  16. The appropriate authority will make the final decision based on the findings and recommendations of the panel. The defendant will then be informed of the decision in writing.

 Major Teoh


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