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Functions of LSC

The Legal Service Commission (“LSC”) is constituted under Part IX of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore.  Article 111(1) of the Constitution states that there shall be an LSC, whose jurisdiction shall extend to all officers in the Singapore Legal Service (“the Legal Service”).

Article 111(2) and Article 111(2A) of the Constitution provides that the LSC shall consist of:

(a)    the Chief Justice, as President;

(b)    the Attorney-General;

(c)    the Chairman of the Public Service Commission (“PSC”); and

(d)    at least three but not more than six other members, each of whom shall be appointed by the President of Singapore if he, acting in his discretion, concurs with the advice of the person nominating the member(s), based on the following arrangements:

(i)    at least one but not more than two persons nominated by the Chief Justice;

(ii)    at least one but not more than two persons nominated by the Chairman of the PSC; and

(iii)    at least one but not more than two persons nominated by the Prime Minister.

If the Chief Justice, the Chairman of the PSC or the Prime Minister, as the case may be, nominates two persons, at least one must be a person who has, for an aggregate period of not less than ten years, been a qualified person within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161).  These Members of the LSC shall hold office for such period as the President may specify (being not shorter than three years and not longer than five years) and be eligible for re-appointment.

The LSC has the duty under Article 111(3) of the Constitution, to appoint, confirm, emplace on the permanent establishment, promote, transfer, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over officers in the Legal Service.

The LSC currently comprises the following:

President:

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Members:

  • Mr Lucien Wong (Attorney-General)
  • Mr Lee Tzu Yang (Chairman, PSC)
  • Justice Andrew Phang (Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court)
  • Justice Steven Chong (Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court)
  • Justice Lee Seiu Kin (Judge, Supreme Court)
  • Mr Gautam Banerjee
  • Mr Adrian Chan Pengee
  • Ms Goh Swee Chen

Article 111AA of the Constitution provides for the establishment of one or more personnel boards to exercise all or any of the powers and functions of the LSC under Article 111 over Legal Service Officers (“LSOs”).  The powers and functions of the LSC are devolved to the personnel boards, save for the power to dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over all LSOs; and all powers of the LSC in relation to LSOs of and above the “threshold grade” of Superscale Grade 2, including the power to nominate officers for appointment or promotion to that grade.

The functions of the LSC are devolved to the Legal Service Personnel Boards.

The composition of the Legal Service Personnel Boards are:

Judicial Branch Special Personnel Board

Chairman:

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Members:

  • Justice Andrew Phang (Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court)
  • Justice Steven Chong (Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court)
  • Justice Lee Seiu Kin (Judge, Supreme Court)

Legal Branch Special Personnel Board

Chairman:

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Members:

  • Mr Lucien Wong (Attorney-General)
  • Justice Lee Seiu Kin (Judge, Supreme Court)
  • Mr Lionel Yee (Deputy Attorney-General)