Applications for practising certificate (‘PC’) for the practice year 2020/2021 (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021) will be received from 1 March 2020. All applications are to be made through eLitigation or through the LawNet Service Bureaux if your law practice does not have an eLitigation account. If your law practice would like to register for limited access to the Practising Certificate module in eLitigation, you may make an application through the Service Bureaux, which are located at:
- 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point #19-01/02, Singapore 059413
Tel: (65) 6538 9507; Fax: (65) 6438 6350
- 1 Supreme Court Lane, Level 1, Supreme Court Building, Singapore 178879
Tel: (65) 6337 9164; Fax: (65) 6337 9980
You are advised to apply for your PC as soon as possible before the end of March 2020. A PC issued in the month of March 2020 will be dated 1 April 2020. A PC issued in April 2020 will be dated with the date of issue but shall be deemed to be in force from the first day of April.
Please note that you must first take out the necessary professional indemnity insurance cover before you make your application for a PC. You must also maintain in force such insurance for the entire period for which you had been granted a PC. Applications for insurance cover for solicitors practising in a Singapore law practice must be made via Lockton Companies (Singapore) Pte Ltd’s online web portal (www.lockton.sg/lawsocscheme/users/login). Please note that you should only apply for a PC 24 hours after you have received Lockton Companies (Singapore) Pte Ltd’s e-mail confirming Evidence of Insurance. Applications for insurance cover may be made from 1 March 2020 onwards.
If you practised as a sole proprietor, partner or director (including associate director or junior partner) in the immediately preceding calendar year (or in a previous calendar year you last practised), please ensure that you have an accountant’s report for that period which is to be submitted together with your application for a PC.
Please note that you have to declare in your application for PC if you have provided any pro bono services at any time in the immediately preceding practice year.
Members from the Junior, Middle and Senior Category who were required to vote at the 2019 Annual Election of Council but were unable to do so for various reasons may seek a waiver from the voting requirement from the Registrar, Supreme Court. To apply for a waiver, please refer to the Supreme Court’s website www.supremecourt.gov.sg. Under section 50(2) of the Legal Profession Act (‘LPA’), there will be a penalty of $500 if you did not vote and have not been given a waiver from the voting requirement. All advocate and solicitors are to note that a Request for a waiver under section 50(2) of the LPA (‘Request’) is to be submitted for the Registrar’s consideration before the advocate and solicitor submits the application for a practising certificate. A Request which is submitted after the application for a practising certificate has been submitted and after the penalty of $500 has been paid will not be considered.
For the guides to PC e-filing, please refer to the relevant Quick Filing Guides which may be found in the Reference Centre of the eLitigation website at www.elitigation.sg/_layouts/IELS/Home/ReferenceCentre.aspx
For FAQs in respect of the PC application, please refer to the FAQs on Practising Certificate (‘PC’) which may be found in Frequently Asked Questions in the eLitigation website at www.elitigation.sg/_layouts/IELS/Home/PortalFAQ.aspx
For information regarding the CPD requirements declaration in the application for a PC, please refer your queries to the SILE.
If you require any assistance in your PC application, you may contact the relevant agencies as listed below (from 9am-5pm, Mondays to Fridays):
For assistance with PC applications if your law practice does not have an eLitigation account
LawNet Service Bureaux
1 Supreme Court Lane
Level 1 Supreme Court Building
Tel: 6337 9164
LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureaux
133 New Bridge Road
#19-01/02 Chinatown Point
Tel: 6538 9507
For queries concerning the CPD declaration
Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Tel: 6332 5367 (from 9am-12.30pm; 1.30pm-5pm, Mondays to Fridays)
Contact Form: silecpdcentre.sg/contact
You can refer to the following links for information concerning applications for Certificates of Registration (‘CoR’):
- CoRs: www.mlaw.gov.sg/law-practice-entities-and-lawyers/registration-of-individuals/register-an-individual/
- Legal Services Regulatory Authority (‘LSRA’) FAQs: https://va.ecitizen.gov.sg/cfp/customerPages/mlaw/explorefaq.aspx
- LSRA e-Services User Guide (which can be found under ‘Quick Links’): www.mlaw.gov.sg/eservices/lsra/lsra-home/
Enquiries may directed to the LSRA using the online Enquiry Form (select ‘Legal Services Regulatory Authority’ as the subject and include your licence, registration or application number, if any).
- Annual Subscription (Incl. 7% GST)
Date of Admission
- on and before 31/03/2005 $1,123.50
- between 01/04/2005 to 31/03/2015 (both dates inclusive) $963.00
- on or after 01/04/2015 $802.50
- Compensation Fund Contribution* (No GST) $100.00*If application is made from 1 October, the levy payable will be $50.00.
Form of Accountant’s Report – For solicitors in Singapore law practices.
To be submitted by sole proprietors, partners, directors (including any solicitor with designation of director e.g. associate director or senior associate director), and solicitors who held/received client’s money or conveyancing money.
For an exemption from having to submit an accountant’s report – if the law practice did not hold/receive client’s money or conveyancing money.
LEGAL PROFESSION (MANDATORY REPORTING OF SPECIFIED PRO BONO SERVICES) RULES 2015
When applying for a practising certificate for the practice year beginning 1 April 2020 you have to declare whether you have provided any specified pro bono service at any time in the immediately preceding practice year. If you have provided specified pro bono services, you must give details of each specified pro bono service including a description of the specified pro bono service and the total estimated amount of time (in hours) spent in providing the services.
‘Specified pro bono service’ is defined in the Legal Profession (Mandatory Reporting of Specified Pro Bono Services) Rules 2015 (‘Rules’) which came into operation on 1 March 2015.
For a copy of the Rules, please click here.