Criminal Legal Aid Scheme

The Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”) provides criminal legal assistance to the poor and needy who are unable to afford a lawyer, and are facing charges in a Singapore court for non death-penalty offences under statutes covered by CLAS.


CLAS covers offences under the following statutes:
  • Arms & Explosives Act (Cap. 13)
  • Arms Offences Act (Cap. 14)
  • Computer Misuse Act (Cap. 50A)
  • Corrosive & Explosive Substances & Offensive Weapons Act (Cap. 65)
  • Dangerous Fireworks Act (Cap. 72)
  • Enlistment Act (Cap. 93)
  • Explosive Substances Act (Cap. 100)
  • Films Act (Cap. 107)
  • Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act (Cap. 184)
  • Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap. 185)
  • Moneylender's Act (Cap. 188) [Sections 14 & 28]
  • Penal Code (Cap. 224)
  • Prevention of Corruption Act (Cap. 241)
  • Undesirable Publications Act (Cap. 338)
  • Vandalism Act (Cap. 341)
  • Women’s Charter (Cap. 353) [Sections 65(8) and 140(1)(i)]
How to apply for the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme:

You must apply in person at the CLAS Office. Please view the CLAS information pamphlet for more details about the scheme:  CLAS Pamphlet can be downloaded here - English, MandarinMalay and Tamil.  The CLAS Office is located at:

The State Courts of Singapore

Level 5 (office beside Court No. 5)

1 Havelock Square, Singapore 059724


 Remandees who wish to apply for CLAS must do so through their remand institution.
 All persons facing capital charges in the High Court are ensured of legal representation under the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (‘LASCO’). Under LASCO, anyone facing a capital charge is eligible to be assigned counsel by the State free of charge. No means test or other eligibility criteria is imposed. In most cases, two counsel will be assigned – one to lead, and one to assist.  More details 
Disclaimer: The Criminal Legal Aid Scheme Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any application at its discretion.

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