In legal terms, the accused is a person who has been charged with breaking the law. They are also known as the defendant.

The person will be referred to as the accused up to and throughout any trial until the charges have been dealt with and the matter concluded.

It is important to note that an accused person is innocent, until if, and only if, proven guilty.


  • A surgeon has been accused of medical negligence.
  • A person has been accused of breaking the law in regards to the misuse of drugs act.
  • You are accused of voluntarily causing hurt.

If you have been accused of breaking the law in Singapore it is highly advisable to speaking to a lawyer.

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