15 Feb '11, 12am

Compulsory pro bono work for lawyers 'interesting'

SINGAPORE - Amidst calls for lawyers to do more pro bono cases, a suggestion arose yesterday that this should be required under a compulsory programme all lawyers will soon have to undergo before they can renew their practising certificates. And Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam thinks this idea from Member of Parliament Michael Palmer (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) is "an interesting one" and useful for the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) to note for its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. He said SILE will look at best practices overseas, hear feedback from the legal fraternity here and consider the "practical realities" lawyers face before finalising details of the scheme, which should kick in next year. Lawyers whom MediaCorp spoke to welcomed a pro bono criteria for the CPD scheme. Criminal lawyer Josephus Tan said that eight to 10 hours a...

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