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Pro Bono: Pro Bono Guides


This section features manuals, guides and brochures which provide information and instructions to students and lawyers involved in pro bono work.

Guides and Manuals

A. Criminal Legal Assistance Schemes

Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS)
Administered by the Law Society of Singapore, this scheme provides legal assistance to those charged with non-capital offences and cannot afford legal counsel. More information is provided in the pamphlet Need Legal Assistance? Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (2016)

Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO)
Those charged with capital offences, where the penalty may be death, are assigned free legal counsel under this scheme.

B. Legal Aid Scheme

Legal Aid Scheme
This scheme is administered by the Legal Aid Bureau. The Bureau provides legal advice, assistance in drafting simple legal documents and representations in civil proceedings for those who qualify under the scheme.

Various guides can be found on the LAB website, including the following:

Pro Bono Guide (2010?)
Published by the Law Society of Singapore with the aim of giving Singapore lawyers an overview of pro bono volunteer opportunities with various organisations and agencies serving the community.

Pro Bono Guide for Law Practices (2012)
Reference guide for law practices seeking to establish, develop or expand their pro bono practices. Published by the Law Society of Singapore. 

Singapore In-House Legal Counsel Pro Bono Guide (2016)
This publication provides in-house legal counsel with information on the scope of work which they are allowed to undertake, as well as the opportunities available to them. Launched by DLA Piper, The Law Society's Pro Bono Services Office and the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.

Guidebook for Accused In Person: A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court (2017)
Written and Published by the Community Justice Centre of the Singapore State Courts, this guidebook is meant to help self-represented accused understand the criminal process.

Self Representation Basics
Published by the Supreme Court. Overviews of the criminal and civil justice processes, and brief instructions on how to conduct trials without a lawyer. Contains links to self-help guides, including Rights and Responsibilities of Self Represented Parties in Civil Proceedings.

Self-represented in a Civil Matter
Information on how to conduct a civil trial in person.

Self-represented in a Criminal Matter
Information on how to conduct a criminal case without a lawyer.

Advocates for the Arts: A Legal Handbook for the Creative Industries (2018)
Legal guide by The Law Society Pro Bono Services for persons working in the creative industries, in particular, freelancers. "It provides practical information for the individual and the organisation, ranging from maternity benefits and insurance to templates to enable the reader to put together a do-it-yourself contract." -- abstract from forward by Vice- President.

COV-AID (2020)
COV-AID is made up of a team of NUS Law students. It was born out of the desire to help the community comprehend the vast number of laws, regulations and legal issues arising from COVID-19. Contains sections on Government Grants and Navigating COVID-19 Laws as well as academic essays and interviews with lawyers on the impact of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Legal Booklet for Migrant Workers (2020)
Guide covering some of the problems faced by migrant workers due to COVID-19 like salary, termination of employment and transfer issues. Published with the assistance of NUS Law students by the Centre of Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education. It is available in 5 other languages on the CPBCLE website.

COVID-19: Legal Factsheet for Migrant Workers (2020)
Created with the assistance of NUS Law students working under the NUS Centre for Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education. This Infographic is published in 5 other languages on the CPBCLE website.

IP Arts Infopack (2020)
Manual produced by the Intellectual Property Students' Association (NUS Law), and supported by IPOS and NUS Centre for the Arts. Seeks to equip visual and performing arts groups in Singapore with a basic framework for understanding IP protection in Singapore.

Know the Law Now! (2015)
This booklet serves as a basic introduction to the law in Singapore and as an initial reference point on legal issues. Published by the Law Society of Singapore.

Law Works Pocket Series
This series of booklets covers various aspects of labour law and aims to educate employees on their legal rights. Published by the National Trades Union Congress and Law Society of Singapore:

LEGALESE: A Legal Handbook for Community Organisations (2016)
Handbook published by the Law Society of Singapore providing bite-sized pieces of information to the general public on the various legal aspects of setting up and running a social enterprise or non-profit entity.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Deputyship Applications
Prepared by NUS Law students and published by the NUS Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education. This guidebook is useful to caregivers who are intending to apply for deputyship orders in person. Available for reference in the Law Library.

When a Death Occurs: a Guide to Practical Matters
Published in partnership with Ang Chin Moh Foundation, this is a collaboration between Singapore Hospice Council and volunteer students from NUS Law supervised by AP Ruby Lee. It covers legal aspects relating to a death, including asset distribution.

Resource Librarian

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