Self-representing in court? Shew is here to help

(From Left) National Council of Social Service chief executive Sim Gim Guan, Community Justice Centre vice-chairman Chew Kwee San, Justice See Kee Oon, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah, Justice Debbie Ong, Justice Tan Siong
(From Left) National Council of Social Service chief executive Sim Gim Guan, Community Justice Centre vice-chairman Chew Kwee San, Justice See Kee Oon, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah, Justice Debbie Ong, Justice Tan Siong Thye, Permanent Secretary (Social and Family Development Ministry) Chew Hock Yong and vice-president of The Law Society Singapore Adrian Tan launching the Community Justice Centre's new Self-Help eWeb.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

When Sheila was 33, her husband died from cancer, leaving her the sole breadwinner for her mother, sick grandmother and two children.

When her grandmother's health turned for the worse and died in 2016, Sheila (not her real name) struggled with the medical bills and funeral costs, and misappropriated funds in an attempt to pay off her debts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'Self-representing in court? Shew is here to help'. Print Edition | Subscribe