Exam for lawyers seeking reinstatement?

Exam for lawyers seeking reinstatement?

SINGAPORE - Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon (above) on Monday raised the question of whether disbarred lawyers seeking to be reinstated should be made to take an examination.

He made the remark at a Court of Three Judges hearing into 57-year-old Dhanwant Singh's bid to be reinstated.

Neither the Law Society nor the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) opposed Mr Singh's application.

The court approved it subject to several conditions raised by the AGC and that he promises to continue his legal education.

Chief Justice Menon noted that the same conditions had been raised in the recent case of another lawyer Narindar Singh Kang, who had sought to be reinstated.

Flagging the issue to the Law Society and the AGC, the CJ said that in future cases, the court would like to hear their views on whether the time had come for the profession to move towards a formal requalification process for lawyers seeking reinstatement.

He wondered whether a disbarred lawyer, even after convincing the court that he was suitable to practise again, should be made to go through a formal assessment, such as an oral exam.

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