27 Jul '11, 12pm

#Singapore CJ: More and better criminal #lawyers needed | Record six lawyers disbarred last year

THIS country needs more - and better - criminal lawyers, given the rising number of criminal cases before the courts here, Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong has said. Membership in the Criminal Bar has been pretty static in the last 10 years despite efforts to boost the numbers, he said. His remarks at a dinner hosted by the Forum of Senior Counsel last week, reproduced later on the Supreme Court website, were made in the wake of significant spikes in the number of criminal cases. Magistrate's appeals went up by 25 per cent to 309 cases last year from 248 in 2009; in the Subordinate Courts, the criminal caseload rose from 265,391 in 2009 to 277,221 last year, he noted. Chief Justice Chan said: 'What needs to be done? It's an intractable problem because we can't turn back market forces in determining the financial rewards for such kind of work.' It was a reference to a widely ac...

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