Legal Aid Bureau
The Legal Aid Bureau(“LAB”) ensures equal access to justice to persons of limited means, by providing them legal aid, advice and assistance in civil matters. This includes representing applicants in many kinds of court proceedings, as set out in the Legal Aid and Advice Act. LAB cases are handled by LAB’s in-house lawyers and assigned solicitors. To qualify for legal aid, an applicant must satisfy both the Means and Merits tests.
LAB does not handle criminal proceedings. If you require legal advice or representation in criminal proceedings, you may approach the Law Society of Singapore which administers the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”). You can find out more about CLAS at http://www.lawsocprobono.org/Pages/Criminal-Legal-Aid-Scheme.aspx and CLAS can be contacted at 6534 1564.
Last updated on 24 May 2019