All persons facing capital charges in the High Court are ensured of legal representation under the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (“LASCO”). Under the Scheme, anyone facing a capital charge is eligible to be assigned counsel by the State free of charge. No means test or other eligibility criteria is imposed. In most cases, two counsel will be assigned – one to lead, and one to assist.
Persons facing non-capital charges who are unable to pay for legal counsel may seek legal representation via the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”) administered by the Law Society of Singapore. For more information on CLAS, please refer to the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.org.sg.
Application to be a LASCO Counsel
The Registrar, Supreme Court, maintains a Register of Assigned Counsel, which comprises lead and assisting counsel. Please refer to the Application Form for LASCO for the emplacement criteria for LASCO counsel. Junior lawyers who do not meet the emplacement criteria may register as junior assisting counsel and be assigned as such to provide litigation support for the lead and assisting counsel.
To volunteer your services as counsel on the Scheme, please click on the links to download a copy of the Guidelines for LASCO and the Application Form for LASCO.
All assigned counsel (except junior assisting counsel) are paid an honorarium for their professional services rendered. The amount of honorarium paid in each case is determined at the discretion of the Registrar, Supreme Court. Please click on the link to download a copy of the Honorarium Claim Form.
Law Practices Supporting LASCO
The Supreme Court would like to record its appreciation to all law firms and counsel who support LASCO. Please click here for the list of law firms supporting LASCO.
Recent Announcements for LASCO Counsel
Please click here for our media release on 26 November 2010 on the LASCO Award.
Please click here for our media release on 20 May 2011 on new LASCO initiatives.
The Registrar, Supreme Court reserves the right to accept or reject any application for LASCO counsel. The Registrar reserves the right to withdraw legal representation under LASCO at any time at its discretion. The Registrar reserves the right to amend, vary or modify at its discretion without prior notice any condition or criteria in determining an application for legal representation under LASCO.