ACCESSIBILITY TO THE COURTS
Public Outreach and Engagement
Beyond being a body of adjudication, the Supreme Court also conducts public education programmes to broaden awareness about the pivotal role of the Judiciary.
Key to these efforts is our ongoing outreach to schools. Visits to the Court building were organised for over 8,000 students of various ages who are studying in Singapore. These visits helped them to understand more about Singapore’s legal history, informed them about the work of the Supreme Court and introduced them to the use of technology in the building. Such outreach also involved facilitating visits organised by independent service providers such as the Singapore History Consultants.
In 2010, the Supreme Court also participated as an exhibitor on the second day of Connexion 2010, an event organised by the Ministry of Defence’s Nexus and the Ministry of Education. The event, held from 2 to 3 November 2010, allowed some 450 teachers to interact with National Education practitioners from government agencies so as to enhance their knowledge, skills and resources in communicating National Education messages more effectively. The teachers were able to find out more about the work of the Judiciary and its relevance to Total Defence at the Supreme Court’s booth, and also had the opportunity to arrange learning visits to the Supreme Court for their students.
Over the course of the year, we welcomed almost 13,000 local and overseas visitors who came to learn more about the work of the Supreme Court. These included representatives from overseas judiciaries and government bodies, students and law practitioners.