Legal Service Officer, State Courts
We invite you to consider a career as a LEGAL SERVICE OFFICER
in the SINGAPORE LEGAL SERVICE
and to be initially deployed as
A JUDICIAL OFFICER AT THE STATE COURTS
Be part of our mission to administer justice with quality judgments,
timely and effective dispute resolution and excellent court services
Share our vision to be a trusted and forward-looking Judiciary that delivers justice
If you have a passion for public service, seek intellectual challenge, and aspire to make a difference, we invite you to join us as a Legal Service Officer and be initially deployed as a Judicial Officer to one of the following divisions at the State Courts.
(A) Criminal Justice Division
You can make an impact through the criminal justice process. You will adjudicate on criminal trials in a demanding range of areas such as commercial crimes, crimes against persons and property, drug and other offences. You will decide on guilt and, where applicable, impose appropriate sentences on offenders. You will also have the chance to employ a problem-solving approach when dealing with offenders who are youthful or have mental conditions.
(B) Community Justice & Tribunals Division
You can make a difference in the lives of ordinary people by using a judge-led approach to help resolve their legal disputes. You will engage in pre-trial management for cases under the Protection from Harassment Act (“POHA”), Community Disputes Resolution Act (“CDRA”) and Employment Claims Act (“ECA”). As a Tribunal Magistrate, you will adjudicate on cases under the Small Claims Tribunals Act and ECA. As a Judge, you will adjudicate on POHA and CDRA cases.
(C) Civil Justice Division
You will adjudicate on civil trials, hearing the full spectrum of civil disputes brought before the State Courts. You will also conduct judge-led case management conferences, during which you will assist parties to identify and narrow down issues and give directions for the expeditious conduct of proceedings. You will also adjudicate on interlocutory matters and hear applications for injunctive and other urgent reliefs.
(D) State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution
You will manage civil claims and relational disputes to achieve fair, cost-effective and early resolution of cases without the need for a trial. Employing judge-driven case management strategies, you will assess the merits of the parties’ cases and direct the negotiation process during the pre-trial management of the case. You will also conduct judicial mediation to facilitate win-win resolutions between parties.
- A “qualified person” as defined in the Legal Profession Act
- Preferably at least 5 years of relevant legal work and/or dispute resolution experience
- Strong legal competence/professionalism
- Excellent judicial temperament, strong interpersonal & communication skills and a team player
- Familiarity with and capacity to handle the range of judicial work undertaken by the State Courts would be an advantage