More Judiciary Volunteers Recognised in First Tri-Court Volunteers Appreciation Dinner
For the first time, the Judiciary (comprising the
Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts) has come
together to show its appreciation and recognise the contributions of volunteers
in pro bono work. The inaugural Tri-Court Volunteers Appreciation Dinner;
hosted by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon; will be held on 1 November 2016 at the
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.
volunteers play an important role in the effort to ensure that every one who
needs to access justice before the courts are able to do so with the help of
lawyers and other volunteers. They provide support services ranging from pro
bono legal support for needy Singaporeans to schemes like the “Friends of the
Court” to help to demystify court processes. The total number of judiciary
volunteers which includes lawyers as well as volunteers from different walks of
life such as engineers, lecturers and retirees who volunteer as mediators and counsellors
has grown by about 20 per cent over the last three years, from 229 in 2014 to
284 in 2016.
3 Chief Justice Menon
will present the following awards at the dinner:
Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (“LASCO”) Award by
the Supreme Court of Singapore
Outstanding Court Volunteer Awards by the State Courts and the
Family Justice Courts
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4 The essence of LASCO is to ensure
access to justice for those charged with criminal conduct and facing a capital
charge. Since inception, it has stood as an important feature in our criminal
justice landscape ensuring fairness is observed in the criminal justice process.
LASCO award, conferred by the Supreme Court, is presented to a deserving
counsel in recognition of the counsel’s commitment and contributions to LASCO and service
rendered to the State and the community. This year’s award recipient is Mr
Eugene Thuraisingam of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP. Mr Thuraisingam is a senior
and well-respected member of the Criminal Bar who has served as a member of
LASCO for 12 years and taken on 13 cases which includes 6 trials and 7 appeals
as defence counsel since January 2012.
Outstanding Court Volunteer Awards
5 The Outstanding Court Volunteer Awards (Advocate & Solicitor Category
and Open Category), conferred by the State Courts and Family Justice Courts, are
presented to individuals who have demonstrated
outstanding commitment and dedication as volunteers with the State Courts or
the Family Justice Courts. This year’s award recipients for the Outstanding Court Volunteer
Awards are as follows:
Solicitor category (State Courts)
Kamalarajan Malaiyandi Chettiar of Rajan Chettiar LLC and Resolvers Pte Ltd is
a mediator for both Civil Disputes and Magistrate Complaint matters. He has
volunteered on 17 occasions in the past year and is one of the longest-serving
volunteers for civil disputes, joining the panel since 2009.
Solicitors category (Family Justice Courts)
Ms Asiah Zam
Zam of A Zamzam & Co joined the Court’s volunteer programme in 2003. Her
knowledge and experience especially in Syariah law has helped parties with
Mr Lim Soon
Hock of PLAN-B ICAG Pte Ltd has spent more than 25 years in public and
community service and has served as a volunteer mediator for Magistrate
Complaints since 2013. In the past year, he has volunteered on 19 occasions
with the State Courts.
(Family Justice Courts)
Ms Annie Seah
Hwee Kheng, a freelance counsellor, has been a volunteer mediator for 13 years.
She is able to speak a third language – Malay which helps when the Maintenance
Mediation Chambers (MMC) has a shortage of Malay-speaking mediators.
6 Expressing his deep appreciation to
the award recipients for their contributions in pro bono work, Chief Justice
Menon said, “It is heartening to see more lawyers, mediators and counsellors
giving so much of their time volunteering in the courts to make sure that
people in need will have access to justice. They do not seek recognition or the
limelight but quietly go about making an immense difference to those in need.
They are truly our unsung heroes and the courts recognise and appreciate their
FAMILY JUSTICE COURTS
1 NOVEMBER 2016