Singapore Legal Aid Bureau revamps website to offer quicker help to poor

Legal Aid Bureau

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Indranee Rajah said about 9,000 applied for help last year, of whom around 90 per cent partially qualified by passing the preliminary means test.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

From next year, the Legal Aid Bureau, which provides legal assistance to low-income Singaporeans for civil proceedings, will implement a new system that aims to assign lawyers to the needy faster. Assigned solicitors, who are private sector lawyers registered with the bureau, will be able to browse and select the relevant cases they wish to work on via its revamped website. Currently the site offers cases to individual lawyers who then decide whether to take them up.

The new system will be implemented in phases and is similar to "an online shopping platform", Legal Aid's director Lim Hui Min said on Wednesday (Nov 14).

"We will be able to match suitable assigned solicitors to cases much faster, and assigned solicitors can do what best suits their interests and schedules."

Source: Cara Wong - The Straits Times