Singapore – Poor people who need legal help can get help soon.
Starting next year, the Legal Aid Bureau, which provides legal assistance to low-income Singaporeans for civil litigation, will implement a new system aimed at quicker placement of lawyers to the poor.
A nominated solicitor, a private sector attorney registered with the Internal Revenue Service, can find and select relevant cases through the reorganized Web site.
Currently, the site provides a case to a private lawyer to decide whether to hold it to a lawyer.
The new system will be phased in and will be similar to the "online shopping platform," Lim Ai Min, director of Leg Aid, said on Wednesday (Nov. 14).
"An appropriately assigned solicitor can match a case much more quickly, and an assigned solicitor can do what works best for his or her interests and schedule."
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The portal is also upgraded for volunteers so that you can check the status of the application.
Currently, applicants can register online and submit electronic documents, but they have new features such as online averaging.
Seenivasan Lalita attended the event and said that the new system to transfer the case would give lawyers more choice.
"It gives us a chance to consider everything before we actually identify and accept the problem," said Madam Lalita, early 60s.
Since its inception in 1958, the Department of Justice has received over 400,000 applications.
Last year, about 9,000 people applied for help, of which 90% qualified partially through preliminary testing and announced the Minister of Justice, Indranee Rajah, who attended the event. Applicants must also pass a pledge to prove that there is a good reason to file or defend their lawsuits under the law.
She pointed out that everything the State Department had done over the past 60 years was made possible by the dedication of all possible staff, lawyers, volunteers and partners.
One such person, Ramasamy Palanisamy (77), has been with the director for 55 years. The clerk of the case is still a member of the national support staff.
"Over the years I have realized how lucky I am to serve the poor and helpless people," Lamasami said. "Because the profession is meaningful, if they want me, I will continue to serve."