Free Legal Clinics
If you are simply looking for some legal advice, and are not at the stage of looking for a lawyer for representation yet, going to a legal clinic may be the solution. Free legal clinics are available in Singapore:
- The Law Society of Singapore organizes Community Legal Clinics to assist needy Singaporean citizens and permanent residents on personal matters. The legal clinic is by appointment only. To register, you can visit the Pro Bono Services Office at Level 5 of the Subordinate Court. You can also call 65360650, send an email to ProBonoServices@lawsoc.org.sg, or register at any Family Service Centre. The legal clinics are held at the Northwest CDC, Woodlands Civics Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays (7-9.30pm), and at the South East CDC, Singapore Post Centre (Paya Lebar) on Tuesdays and Thurdays (7-9.30pm). More information may be found on the Law Society’s website.
- The Consumers’ Association of Singapore (CASE) will arrange for consumers to seek free legal advice if necessary upon assessing the case. Consumers can call the hotline at 64631811.
- The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) conducts legal clinics for all women, including foreigners. Counselling and other support services are also provided. More information can be found here.
- There is a fortnightly free legal clinic run on Family Court premises every Wednesday of the month (except on public holidays and the eves of public holidays). More information and online registration can be found on the Family Justice Courts’ website.
- Wicare, a support group for widows and the fatherless, offers a free legal clinic for widows. Visit Wicare for more information and to make an appointment.
- SAFRA has a legal information service that allows for an appointment with volunteer lawyers for SAFRA members. Visit the SAFRA website for the schedule.
- SINDA conducts a legal clinic for low-income Indian families every second Thursday of the month. Go to SINDA for more information.
- Jamiyah conducts a legal clinic open to all. Visit Jamiyah to book an appointment.
- The Catholic Lawyers’ Guild holds 2 legal clinics a month. On the first Monday, it is at the Risen Christ Church (Toa Payoh). On the fourth Monday, it is held at the Holy Trinity Church (Tampines). Both start at 7.30pm on a first come first served basis. The session will not be held if the Monday is a public holiday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Legal advice is also offered by volunteer lawyers at selected community clubs (CCs). The schedule can be found on the People’s Association Website, or here.
- The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) organises legal clinics in collaboration with the Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL). They are held on the first and third Monday of the month, and are by registration. See here for eligibility criteria and registration.
- The Special Needs Trust Company provides trust services for the benefit of persons with special needs.