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Supreme Court Celebrates 22nd Anniversary of the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences ("LASCO")

Singapore, 10 October 2014 – The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and members of the Supreme Court bench hosted a dinner this evening to recognise the contribution of the members of the Criminal Bar for their support to the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offence (“LASCO”).

LASCO, institutionalised in 1992, is an integral feature in Singapore’s pro bono landscape. It provides all persons facing capital charges with free legal representation without the need for means testing or other eligible criteria so as to ensure there is access to justice for all. Under the scheme, each accused person will be assigned two counsels – one to lead, and one to assist.



The LASCO award, conferred by the Supreme Court, is presented to a deserving counsel in recognition of his commitment and contributions to LASCO for the spirit of service rendered to the State and the community. This year’s award recipient is Mr. Ramesh Chandr Tiwary who has served as a member of LASCO since its inception in 1992 and has taken on cases relating to Drug Trafficking, Drug Importation and Murder as a LASCO Counsel. A senior and well-respected member of the Criminal Bar, Mr Tiwary has conducted five cases under the auspices of LASCO between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014.

In appreciation of Mr Tiwary’s contributions to LASCO, Chief Justice Menon said “It gives me great pleasure to present this year’s LASCO award to Mr Tiwary for his dedication and commitment to this important and meaningful cause which facilitates access to justice. Mr Tiwary had generously devoted his time and effort to offer assistance and hope to many accused persons and I hope that he will inspire more lawyers to give their time to pro bono services.”


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