The Supreme Court would like to invite new applications from advocates and solicitors for the Young Amicus Curiae Scheme (“the Scheme”).
2. The objective of the Scheme is to allow young advocates and solicitors to assist the court on novel points of law or important issues of public policy. Young amicus appointed under the Scheme may also be called upon to assist the court in cases involving first-time prosecutions under new or amended provisions of the law.
3. The Scheme provides valuable opportunities for young advocates to hone their skills as advocates before the High Court and the State Courts. It also presents the young amicus with opportunities to assist the court in cases involving novel or cutting-edge issues of the law.
4. The Scheme applies to matters in the High Court. The Scheme will be administered by the Supreme Court Registry and all appointments are for a one year period. The young amicus will not receive any remuneration or be reimbursed for any expenses incurred under the Scheme.
5. The criteria for applicants are as follows:
(a) The applicant should possess good academic grades;
(b) The applicant must be a qualified person (as defined in section 2 of the Legal Profession Act (Cap 161));
(c) The applicant must have not less than two, and not more than seven years of experience as an advocate and solicitor or as a Legal Service Officer (determined from the date of the applicant becoming a qualified person as defined above);
(d) The application must be supported by a recommendation from one or more of the following persons (stating specifically that the applicant is recommended for the Scheme):
(i) a present High Court Judge;
(ii) an advocate and solicitor of at least 10 years’ experience; or
(iii) a Legal Service Officer of at least 10 years’ experience; and
(e) The applicant must submit a piece of written work (including but not limited to submissions or academic articles) for assessing the applicant’s skills in legal analysis.
6. Please click here to download a copy of the application form. The completed application form with all enclosures may be sent via email to SUPCOURT_Criminal_Matters@supcourt.gov.sg in the form of a portable document format (PDF) file or to the Supreme Court Registry (Crime Section) in hardcopy. The subject of the email or the envelope should be marked “Young Amicus Curiae Application 2016”. The deadline for receipt of applications is 14 October 2016. Successful candidates will be notified by the Supreme Court.