Criminal Legal Aid Scheme to be enhanced with direct funding from Govt: Shanmugam
More people accused of non-capital offences will benefit from Government-funded aid, Law Minister K. Shanmugam announced on Friday.
The existing Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) will be expanded to include a four-tier scheme that provides help ranging from information on the available channels, all the way to full legal representation in court for some.
The CLAS receives about 1,000 applications a year, of which up to 300 qualify for aid. Currently, only offences under 15 statutes, such as the Penal Code and Misuse of Drugs Act, are covered.
Under the first tier of the enhanced scheme, all 12,000 people accused of crimes each year will be provided with an awareness of the channels available for advice, help and representation.