The Law on the Retraction and Qualification of Pleas: Public Prosecutor v Dinesh s/o Rajantheran  1 SLR 1289 and the Way Forward
Yip Ting Yuan Darren
(2020) 32 SAcLJ 1230
A plea of guilt carries with it serious consequences. This article considers the ability of an accused person to retract and qualify such a plea in light of the recent Court of Appeal’s decision in Public Prosecutor v Dinesh s/o Rajantheran  1 SLR 1289 (“Dinesh”) and suggests that the relationship between the retraction and qualification of pleas has been and remains confusing and unsatisfactory. The article offers a broad overview of the law in the area, highlighting the issues, some of the difficulties with the Dinesh decision and offers suggestions for the way forward.