Opening of the Legal Year 2020 Speeches
The three speeches were delivered by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, The Honourable Attorney-General, Lucien Wong, SC and The President of The Law Society, Gregory Vijayendran at the Supreme Court Building on 6 January 2020.
To New Beginnings
As 2019 winds down and 2020 beckons, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and make plans for the new year.
This year, over 1,000 disputes (collectively from all dispute resolution services) were lodged, continuing SMC’s proud standing as one of the largest non-court general dispute resolution centres in Asia. We bid a fond farewell to Seng Onn, our first Executive Director who has been instrumental in SMC’s growth and success, and Mr Ban Jiun Ean was humbled to come on board as the new Executive Director.
Court Practice Directions (Mediation)
The Supreme Court Practice Directions (Amendment No 1 of 2016) came into effect on 2 January 2016.
Advocates and solicitors: note the changes to paragraph 35B on “Overview of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) for civil cases” — that it is the professional duty of advocates and solicitors to advise their clients about the different ways their disputes may be resolved using an appropriate form of ADR. The guidelines on advising clients are attached in Appendix I of the Practice Directions.
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