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I am facing...
Facing a criminal charge and unable to afford a lawyer? The Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) can help you.
CLAS covers offences under the following statutes:
- Arms & Explosives Act (Cap. 13)
- Arms Offences Act (Cap. 14)
- Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (Cap. 50A)
- Corrosive & Explosive Substances & Offensive Weapons Act (Cap. 65)
- Dangerous Fireworks Act (Cap. 72)
- Destitute Persons Act (Cap. 78)
- Enlistment Act (Cap. 93)
- Explosive Substances Act (Cap. 100)
- Films Act (Cap. 107)
- Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act (Cap. 184)
- Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap. 185)
- Moneylenders Act (Cap. 188) [Sections 19 & 47]
- Penal Code (Cap. 224)
- Prevention of Corruption Act (Cap. 241)
- Undesirable Publications Act (Cap. 338)
- Vandalism Act (Cap. 341)
- Women’s Charter (Cap. 353) [Sections 65(8) and 140(1)(i) only]
- You must already be charged or wish to file/defend an appeal in Court;
- You must be facing the above-covered offences;
- You must not be currently represented by a lawyer;
- You must pass our means and merits test
For more information, click here for our CLAS – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Singaporeans and Permanent Residents should apply to the PDO but may be assigned subsequently to us. Foreigners should apply directly to CLAS. Fill in the application form.
Please complete the application form here to proceed.
Before you apply, please ensure that you:
- Have been formally charged in a Singapore Court. CLAS will not accept your application if you have not been formally charged by the Court.
- Face charges covered by CLAS. Please refer to the above list or our website for the offences covered by CLAS.
- Do not have a lawyer representing you, unless the lawyer has informed CLAS that they are willing to accept your case under CLAS.
Kindly note that there will be a waiting time of 2-3 weeks for us to process your application.
Applicants who pass both the Means and Merits Tests may still be required co-pay the cost of legal aid rendered.
This sum will be quantified on an applicant’s means that will be assessed over the last 12 months. We will inform you of whether you qualify for CLAS completely, or if co-payment is need.
Our Finance department will inform you of the co-payment details by email.
The Family Justice Support Scheme (FJSS) can help you with your family matters such as divorce, family violence, maintenance and children-related issues.
- You are
- A Singaporeans or Permanent Residents who have approached Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) and marginally failed their means test or;
- A foreigner married to a Singaporean and has Singaporean child/children;
- You must pass our means and merits test.
You may download the posters here for more information. (English, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese)
I know someone who needs legal help
Do you know someone who doesn’t qualify for CLAS and other legal aid schemes and has also exhausted all other legal avenues? If you are a lawyer or from a government agency, social service agency or other legal aid providers, you may refer beneficiaries to us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The beneficiary must not be currently represented by a lawyer;
- The beneficiary must not be eligible for other legal aid schemes;
- The beneficiary must pass our means and merits test.
Please share the following:
- Summary of legal issue and what the beneficiary hopes to achieve.
- What other avenues of legal help the beneficiary has tried and why they were unsuccessful.
- What are the exceptional circumstances warranting legal aid (e.g. health issues, financial circumstances, etc).
We will respond via email in 1 week and endeavour to confirm whether aid can be granted within 4-6 weeks of complete receipt of documents.
Means & Merits Test
You are required to pass our Means and Merits test before qualifying for legal representation. Each programme has its own means and merits criteria.
Pro bono resources are precious, so the Means Test helps us allocate resources to those most in need. Both your disposable income and disposable capital/assets will be assessed. Documents to prepare:
- Pay Slips
- CPF Statements for the last 12 months
- Other supporting documents to show that the beneficiary is unable to afford a lawyer
You will be interviewed by a lawyer on your legal issue and personal circumstances to assess the strength of your case. Additional documents may be requested.