Rebalancing the scales to enhance access to justice for the layman

Some questions to consider as Singapore continues to lift the barriers, including making it easier for people to represent themselves in legal proceedings.

Like in other countries, data shows that there is a high proportion of litigants in person in the courts in Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE
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In a recent parliamentary speech, Dr Tan Wu Meng (Jurong GRC) rightly highlighted the need for a "deep dive" into the continuing obstacles facing those wanting to represent themselves in family proceedings. He said this should include the need to streamline processes and additional, presumably easier and more effective, enforcement mechanisms.

In response, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong agreed that family proceedings could be challenging for some litigants in person, as they are known in legal parlance. He mentioned that efforts had been made to implement simplified divorce tracks, and to strengthen enforcement of maintenance orders, though more would continue to be done to ensure fair and just outcomes for litigants.

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