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Appointment as an LSO

Applications for possible appointment to the Singapore Legal Service as a Legal Service Officer (“an LSO”)

(a)     We invite interested candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria/requirements and wish to consider a long term career in the Singapore Legal Service as an LSO and to be initially deployed at one of the Legal Service Departments/Divisions/Ministries/Legal Units to complete and submit the application form.

(b)     The candidates who are interested in a long term career in the Singapore Legal Service are kindly requested to review and ensure that they fully satisfy the eligibility criteria/requirements set out under the section “Eligibility for Appointment as an LSO” before submitting an application.

 

Targeted Recruitment for initial deployment at the Ministry of Law

(c)      The candidates with at least five years of Post Qualification Experience and are very keen on an initial deployment at the Ministry of Law are kindly requested to also review and ensure that they fully satisfy the requirements set out at point (vi) in the “write-up” below before submitting an application by 21 Feb 2020:

(i) The Legal Policy Group of the Ministry of Law plays a critical role in upholding the rule of law, advancing access to justice, and ensuring a sound and progressive legal framework.

(ii) The Legal Policy Group is looking for people who are passionate about serving the public and making a difference. If you wish to embark on a meaningful and rewarding career with unrivalled opportunities for professional development and exposure to a wide variety of intellectually stimulating work, we invite you to apply to join the Singapore Legal Service as an LSO and be initially deployed to one of our two Divisions - the Civil and Legislative Policy Division or the Criminal Policy Division.

(iii) The work of the Legal Policy Group covers a diverse spectrum of policy areas. The Civil and Legislative Policy Division deals with law reform across a spectrum of areas, ranging from constitutional and administrative law to family, community and governance laws. The Criminal Policy Division drives law reform in the area of criminal law and procedure, as well as constitutional and governance issues that arise in the criminal context.

(iv) As a member of the Legal Policy Group, you will be part of a team of highly motivated lawyers working on challenging law reform and delivering creative, yet practical, solutions to issues of national significance. This requires you to be familiar with current laws and how the justice system works, and to consider how laws can be updated to keep pace with evolving socio-economic needs and technological developments, whilst reflecting sound policy principles.

(v) You can expect to work with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, both within and outside the Government, to co-create policies to meet the needs and demands of today’s society. You will also take legislation through the Parliamentary process, from the drafting and consultation stages, to facilitating the passage of legislation in Parliament.

         (vi) Please note that you need to have:

  • at least five years of Post Qualification Experience;
  • a strong law degree from the NUS or the SMU or a Scheduled University;
  • excellent writing and communication skills and a sharp, analytical mind; and
  • a passion to serve the public and make a difference to society.

 

Targeted Recruitment for initial deployment at the State Courts

(d)      The candidates with preferably at least seven years of relevant legal work experience in litigation work and/or dispute resolution and are very keen on an initial deployment at the State Courts are kindly requested to also review and ensure that they fully satisfy the requirements set out at point (v) in the “write-up” below before submitting an application by 16 Mar 2020:

(i) The State Courts provide an effective and accessible system of justice, inspiring public trust and confidence. If you have a passion for public service, seek intellectual challenge, and aspire to make a difference through the fair administration of justice, we invite you to apply for possible appointment as a Legal Service Officer (“LSO”) and to be initially deployed to one of the following divisions at the State Courts as a Judicial Officer.

(ii) Criminal Justice Division
You will have the opportunity to impact lives by contributing to the criminal justice process which includes: hearing and adjudicating criminal trials; and deciding and imposing appropriate sentences (where applicable) in a demanding array of cases of commercial crimes, crimes against persons and property, drug and other offences.  You will also have the opportunity to practise and adopt a problem-solving approach in cases with youthful offenders and offenders with mental conditions.

(iii) Community Justice & Tribunals Division (“CJTD”)
You will have the opportunity to impact lives by adopting a judge-led approach and finding solutions to legal issues when dealing with cases in the CJTD. You will conduct pre-trial or case management conferences for cases filed under the Protection from Harassment Act (“the POHA”), Community Disputes Resolution Act (“the CDRA”) and Employment Claims Act (“the ECA”). You will also hear and adjudicate cases under the Small Claims Tribunals Act and the ECA. As a District Judge, you will hear and adjudicate cases under the POHA and the CDRA.

(iv) Civil Justice Division
You will hear civil trials and adjudicate the full spectrum of civil disputes that are brought before the State Courts. You will conduct judge-led case management conferences during which you will also assist parties to identify and narrow issues, deal with all interlocutory matters and give appropriate directions for the expeditious conduct of proceedings. You will, in addition, hear applications for injunctive and other urgent reliefs.

(v) Please note the specific requirements that you need:

  • to be a “qualified person” as defined in the Legal Profession Act;
  • preferably at least 7 years of relevant legal work experience in litigation work and/or dispute resolution;
  • to have strong legal competence/professionalism; and
  • to have excellent judicial temperament, strong interpersonal and communication skills and be a team player.