The aims and aspirations of the CJC are attained through the support and effort of its community partners, particularly the tireless work of volunteers. With the unique blend of support services to Litigants in Person (LIPs), the CJC aims to assist in the following ways:
The objective of this service is to provide timely referrals to appropriate agencies.
This may include:
legal services agencies, such as the Pro Bono Services Office of the Law Society; and
social services agencies, for example the Family Service Centres.
These services are not limited to the Litigants in Person (LIPs). If required, they can be extended to family members.
On-Site Legal Advice Scheme
The On-site Legal Advice Scheme provides immediate legal advice and directions to LIPs, who are in urgent need of a resolution to their legal issues - an unprecedented move in Singapore's legal system. Under the scheme, LIPs receives a one-timefree legal consultation lasting up to 20mins with our volunteer lawyers. Located at the State Courts, the clinic sessions are available Monday -Friday, 10am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-5.00pm (except for Public Holidays). This is a first-come, first-served service and is subjected to the availability of slots. No appointment is required.
The CJC befriending service can help the Litigants in Person (LIPs) in the following ways:
By providing the LIPs with emotional support so that the LIPs can think clearly before, during, and after the hearing;
By helping the LIPs find their way around the court buildings; and
By providing one to one supportive listening, LIPs who are undergoing a stressful experience are heard and are then referred to suitable social service agencies.
Practical Support Services
In addition to the befriending service which focuses on the emotional aspect, the CJC also provides practical support in the preparatory work for trials. This may include:
Assistance on procedural matters, such as completion of court forms;
Briefing on court processes and procedures as well as court etiquettes;
Interim financial assistance (in collaboration with ComCare); and
Information and Education Services
Working closely with its partners, the CJC also provides basic information on laws and procedural issues, as well as general information relating to available social assistance. Together with community partners, the CJC runs workshops and seminars such as 'Through the Wooden Doors', divorce matters, various dispute resolution seminars, youth matters and for the State Courts.
Victim Assistance Scheme
The purpose of the Victim Assistance Scheme is to assist victims of crimes in providing an interim financial reimbursement for medical expenses (capped at $1,000) incurred only in Singapore as a direct result of personal injuries caused by a criminal offence and the accused has not compensated the victim for the medical fees. Eligible crimes include homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery by force, and drunk or dangerous driving.
Primary Justice Project
The Primary Justice Project (PJP) is a joint collaboration between the State Courts, the Law Society, the Community Justice Centre and other justice stakeholders. The PJP encourages the public to explore amicable settlement of disputes before taking legal action in court as it provides an interim step between self-help and commencing action in the courts.
Under this scheme, a party who has a dispute may approach any lawyer listed on the Primary Justice panel. These lawyers provide basic legal services geared towards resolving the disputes at an early stage. When both parties to a dispute are represented by Primary Justice lawyers, the lawyers will work with their clients to negotiate a resolution to the dispute. They may also suggest the use of dispute resolution methods such as mediation, in which a third party helps to facilitate the negotiation of a settlement. The PJP is administered by the Community Justice Centre.
This scheme is particularly suitable for the following types of cases:
(a) Civil claims of less than $60,000 including claims within the Small Claims Tribunal's jurisdication;
(b) Harassment cases and neighbour disputes;
(c) Divorce matters where most ancillary matters are close to settlement; and
(d) Criminal Case Resolution / Criminal Case Management System
The ADR service providers are:-
CASE Mediation Centre Community Mediation Centre Council of Estate Agencies (CEA) Council for Private Education Eagles Mediation $ Counselling Centre (EMCC) Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre Ltd (FIDReC) Harmony Mediation Group Healthcare Mediation Scheme Law Society Mediation Scheme (LSMS) Law Society of Singapore (Law Society Arbitration Scheme [LSAS] / Adjudication Scheme for Pay-Out Disputes in Conveyancing matters / Mediation for Inadequate Professional Services / Cost Dispute Resolve) Marican Mediation Services Pte Ltd MeD8 Mediation and Negotiation Excellence Center Ministry of Manpower Peacemakers Consulting Services Pte Ltd Renovation and Decoration Advisory Centre Resolvers Pte Ltd Singapore Mediation Centre Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers Sports Mediation Scheme THK Centre for Family Harmony Office of the Commissioner of Maintenance of Parents WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center