Our team assisted a litigant-in-person in drafting 2 sets of submissions for an appeal before the High Court in D Rashpal Singh Sidhu v PP [2019] SGHC 25. This helped the litigant-in-person to control his legal costs. The case involved a novel issue of law as the litigant-in-person was unconscious when a small straw containing 0.01g of heroin was found on him, and there was therefore a question of whether the presumption of knowledge of the nature of the drug applied to him.

The Honourable Aedit Abdullah J ultimately held that the presumption under s 18(2) of the Misuse of Drugs Act could not operate against an unconscious person, unless it was shown that that person had possession of the drug before he fell unconscious, and acquitted him.