Six trainee attorneys, together with three of Indian origin, withdrew their functions on Monday to practise legislation in Singapore after they had been discovered to have cheated within the 2020 Bar examinations, based on a media report.
The six are Monisha Devaraj, Kushal Atul Shah, Sreeraam Ravenderan, Matthew Chow Jun Feng, Lionel Wong Choong Yoong and Lynn Kuek Yi Ting.
5 of them shared solutions for six examination papers via WhatsApp, whereas Kuek was discovered to have colluded with one other candidate to cheat on three of the papers, Channel News Asia reported on Monday.
A Excessive Courtroom decide gave all six permission on Monday to withdraw their Bar functions.
To practise legislation in Singapore, legislation graduates have to be admitted to the Bar by passing a set of exams generally known as Half B.
The Bar refers to authorized professionals who’ve happy all the necessities for authorized schooling and vocational coaching to be admitted as advocates and solicitors of the Singapore Courtroom.
In April, Justice Choo Han Teck adjourned the Bar admission listening to of Kuek for a 12 months and the hearings of the remaining 5 trainees for six months.
This adopted a proposal from the Legal professional-Basic that a bit of extra time for the trainee attorneys to replicate on their methods’ errors would profit them.
The Legal professional-Basic had objected to the Bar functions of the six, taking the view that they lacked honesty and integrity as they cheated within the Half B exams.
Lawyer Sreenivasan Narayanan, who represented Ms Devaraj, Mr Shah and Wong, instructed the court docket that his purchasers realised the six-month interval was inadequate for them to “show that the circumstances of being a fit and proper person have changed”.
He mentioned they wanted time to deal with points raised in Justice Choo’s earlier judgment, in addition to the steering given by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in one other withdrawal software by a trainee lawyer who cheated, Leon Tay Quan Li.
Mr Narayanan instructed Justice Choo that the three would give “deep thought” to what they’ve achieved and seek the advice of the opposite stakeholders of the Bar admissions course of earlier than making any future functions.
These stakeholders are the Legal professional-Basic, the Regulation Society and the Singapore Institute of Authorized Schooling (SILE).
“There will be no half-baked attempts and any application will be made after deep and considered reflection,” Mr Narayanan was quoted as saying.
Attorneys representing the three different trainees echoed Mr Narayanan’s submissions.
Justice Choo allowed the withdrawals after representatives of the Legal professional-Basic, Regulation Society and SILE didn’t object to them.
He mentioned that the trainee attorneys ought to discover work as paralegals or comparable roles within the authorized occupation, in order that “a respected mentor may testify to their suitability to reapply” to the Bar.
He didn’t set a time for the trainee attorneys to reapply, saying, “Though every case might be completely different, it’ll additionally rely on the testimony of your mentors and your subsequent conduct.”
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