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THE TRUE WINNERS OF THE CHC TRIAL? LAW FIRMS REPRESENTING CHC

The trial of the 6 City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders may not be Singapore's longest running trial, but it is the most expensive trial in the country's history. According to a senior lawyer, Foo Cheow Ming, each of the defendants may have to fork out at least $1 million more as the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) has referred the case to the Court of Appeal.

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HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER: UNJUST FOR AGC TO PUNISH US FOR FIGHTING THE DEATH PENALTY?

I am truly surprised that the AGC have decided to take the lawyers to task for acting in the Kho Jabing matter. I know every lawyer on this team worked tirelessly, fearlessly and sacrificially to save a life from death, in this case, the life of Kho Jabing. I would state categorically that this is the sad reality of the practice of law in Singapore, that we have to be subjected to personal statements and attacks of this nature and with the release of media statements knowing that the Main Stream Media will not give us a fair reporting.

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NETIZEN SEEKS LAWYERS AFTER GETTING INTO TROUBLE FOR CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST

A reader of ours has gotten into trouble with his company, who called the police to arrest him after a dispute over payment. He says that he is in-charge of accounts for his company, but was arrested because he did not hand over payments for his client immediately after he received them. Is there any lawyer willing to advise him?

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LAWYERS RAPPED BY LAW SOCIETY FOR POOR BEHAVIOR IN COURTS

According to a gazette issued by the Law Society of Singapore, lawyers are increasingly displaying poor etiquette, questionable ethical conduct and bad behavior in Singapore's courtrooms. President of the Law Society, Senior Counsel Thio Shen Yi, urged lawyers to halt the falling standards of professionalism in the courts and said that there has been "discontent" from judges and judicial staff about the lawyers who appear before them.

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MEDICAL, LEGAL PROFESSIONS NEED TO CLEAR THE AIR

First, both professions need to clear the air and explain to the public how fees are set and arbitrated. Reduction of the lawyers' fees from $900,000 to $180,000 is staggering; what happens to citizens of lesser means who wish to appeal and challenge the fees charged? Professions enjoy the privilege of self-regulation, including setting their own fees, because society trusts professionals to place public interests above their own.

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