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Singapore: Courts to Make Dispute Resolution More Affordable

The Primary Justice project – which Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon describes as an intermediate step between self-help and starting an action in court – involves building up a group of lawyers who will provide basic legal services, such as facilitating settlement negotiations and giving of basic legal advice, at a fixed fee. The project aims to enable litigants to obtain more affordable legal and ADR services while resolving their disputes more expediently, cheaply and amicably. He added that while the courts will continue to play an important role in the administration of justice, they will no longer be viewed as the place where the resolution of disputes begins; instead, the courts will be the forum that one turns to after other amicable methods of resolving disputes have been exhausted. Read More

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