Prevent Crime

Voluntarily Causing Hurt

Your report discloses an offence of Voluntarily Causing Hurt (VCH). VCH is a non-arrestable offence, for which the Police may not ordinarily arrest without a warrant.

DOES IT MEAN POLICE WILL NOT INVESTIGATE ANY NON-ARRESTABLE OFFENCES?

No. Police will commence investigation work on specific cases upon order of a Magistrate or Public Prosecutor.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I REPORT A CASE THAT IS NON-ARRESTABLE IN NATURE?

Police will first respond to the scene to gather preliminary evidence. Based on this, Police will make an assessment as to the proper course of action to take. Police may initiate investigation into the case or refer the complainant/victim to file a complaint before the Magistrate at the Subordinate Courts as provided for under the law.

WHAT IF I AM INJURED?

You will be issued with a copy of the NP 306 Medical Examination Form and advised to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital or polyclinic. The form is to be submitted to the examining medical officer so that your injuries can be recorded therein as evidence.

You will then need to apply for a medical report from the hospital or polyclinic where you took the medical examination for use as evidence in Court if you intend to pursue the matter by way of a Magistrate’s Complaint. You will be required to pay for the charges incurred for the medical examination and report.

WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I BRING ALONG TO LODGE A MAGISTRATE’S COMPLAINT?

  1. Form NP 301 – Notice concerning non-arrestable case report (issued by the Police).
  2. Duplicate copy of the Police report lodged at the Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) or Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP).
  3. If a ‘999’ call was made, the officer responding to your case will provide you with a case card stating the report number, offence committed, name and contact number of the Investigation Officer.

FILING A MAGISTRATE'S COMPLAINT

With the above documents and your NRIC, you may proceed to lay a Magistrate’s Complaint at the Crime Registry, Level 1, Criminal Justice Division, Subordinate Courts, 1 Havelock Square, Singapore 059724.

Filing and registration hours, as well as more information can be found at the Subordinate Courts website at https://www.statecourts.gov.sg.

WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES OF A MAGISTRATE’S COMPLAINT?

The Magistrate may:
  1. Dismiss the Complaint.
  2. Direct the Police to investigate into the Complaint.
  3. Direct both the Complainant and the Respondent to appear before a Magistrate on another court date.

The investigation by the Police will commence on the direction of the Magistrate. The time taken to complete the investigation will vary, depending on the complexity of the complaint and evidence the complainant/victim produces.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER INVESTIGATIONS ARE COMPLETED?

If there is sufficient evidence that a criminal offence has taken place, our officers will charge the suspect(s) in court. On the other hand, if no offence can be substantiated, our officers will cease the investigation. Our officers will write to the victim(s) of the crime and/or the complainant(s) to inform him/her of the outcome of the investigation.

Last Updated on 23 May 2016