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Christine Liu Yiwen

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you… And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. – (Deuteronomy 10: 18)

Christine is a public-spirited criminal lawyer with more than 10 years of litigation experience. She is an Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore, and holds a Master in Public Administration. She is fluent in English and Mandarin, and enjoys conversing in dialects including Hokkien.

Qualifications

  • LLB (Honours), University of Durham, United Kingdom (2006)
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (2014)
  • Master in Public Administration, National University of Singapore (2018)

Membership:

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Christine’s Criminal Law Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Christine was a Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) in the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). Over the course of her career at AGC (2006-2017), she was responsible for the giving of legal advice to law enforcement agencies such as the Singapore Police Force (SPF) as well as the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), at varied stages of the criminal justice process (eg. whether to proceed with charges after initial investigations are completed, deciding on a plea offer pursuant to representations by defence counsel, directing further investigations as necessary to secure a fair outcome at trial, etc). In her capacity as a DPP, Christine has successfully conducted an innumerable number of criminal trials across a wide gamut of offences, both as lead counsel and assisting counsel, at different levels of the Singapore court system. Some cases of interest conducted in recent years include:

  • Familial offenders: A contentious trial in which the accused had committed numerous obscene sexual acts against the victim, his stepdaughter, in the matrimonial home (Public Prosecutor v GBH [2016] SGDC 317). Challenges overcame in securing a successful outcome included: difficulties in recollection by the victim of the specifics of the offences, which took place between 2005 and 2010, and her vacillation in willingness to testify in person against the accused, the only father she had known. The accused’s conviction and sentence was upheld on his appeal to the High Court (MA 12/2016/01).
  • Sexual re-offenders: The accused, who was diagnosed by IMH with a paedophilic disorder, had committed a spree of acts in which he carried away girls between the ages of 5-6 years at public places, before touching various places on their body (Public Prosecutor v GBM [2017] SGDC 58). The accused’s appeal to the High Court against his sentence of Corrective Training and caning was dismissed (MA 9038/2017/01).
  • Extortion: The accused, a supervisee under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, was the mastermind in a conspiracy to extort some USD$250,000 from the family members of two brothers, who had been kidnapped in Malaysia in connection with a failed currency exchange transaction agreement. Christine successfully obtained a pre-trial resolution of the case for two of the accused persons, and a conviction after trial for the third accused person (Public Prosecutor v Judy Wee Aye Fong [2017] SGDC 87).

In 2013, Christine was one of two DPPs from the AGC to undertake a work attachment at the Shanghai and Beijing offices of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China, where she gained invaluable insight into the Chinese legal system.

Christine’s intimate understanding of the workings of the criminal investigation and prosecution process puts her in good stead to provide clients with a holistic understanding of:

  1. a) how evidence gathered during investigations can be used against them in sentencing (in cases of guilty pleas) and trials (in cases of non-guilty pleas);
  2. b) whether an appeal (against sentence or conviction) is likely to succeed; and
  3. c) how legal representation can help in this process.

Together with the depth of experience from the firm’s criminal practice team, this will enable you to work together towards a solution that is most cost-effective for your case.

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