Protecting victims from abusers

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF THE CRIMINAL LAW REFORM BILL IN PARLIAMENT Mr Speaker Sir, Abuse cases are gaining more prevalence, not just in Singapore, but also globally. I hope it only means that more are seeking help. It is a basic human right to live in safety and freedom free of fear from others. Those who deny this right must be severely dealt with.....

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Helping with Legal Problems

Speech by Mr. Henry Kwek (Nee Soon GRC) Legal Aid and Advice (Amendment) Bill Mr. Deputy Speaker, I stand in support of the amendment bill. I would like Min Law to clarify four points. First, clause 3 empowers the Director of Legal Aid to appoint a “suitable and experienced” public officer whom is not a qualified person under the Legal Professional Act. Can I understand more about how Legal Aid will determine what kind of processes or cases will merit public officers rather than qualified person?....

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Access to Justice for Most Vulnerable

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Legal Aid and Advice (Amendment) Bill [Bill no. 42/2018]   Introduction Sir, I stand in support of the Bill. Many MPs, myself included, have asked for the Director of Legal Aid to be given broader discretion to extend legal aid to those who do not qualify under the means test. I am heartened to see that the Ministry has taken on board our suggestions in allowing the Director general discretion to grant aid if it is just and proper to do so.....

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The right to be heard

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment No.2) Bill [Bill no. 33/2018]   Introduction Sir, I stand in support of this Bill, which updates our civil procedure framework. In particular, I welcome the clarification that the court may hear matters through live video or television link.   This aligns the legislative framework with the tools already at the disposal of court users such as the Technology courts and Mobile Technology Facility Services for use in non-technology courtrooms and hearing chambers.....

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