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JUSTICE FOR ALL

The Law Society of Singapore plans to organise and operate more mobile clinics aimed at giving legal advice to sex workers.

This will happen next year and will take place once a month.

When contacted, a Law Society spokesman said social workers approached the Law Society Pro Bono Services Office earlier this year.

The spokesman said: "Under the pilot project, our volunteer lawyers operated from mobile, rather than fixed venues which were near to the workers' workplaces, for their convenience."

With more clinics expected next year, The Law Society said it would also "require around 10 volunteer lawyers as the initial target pool to adequately support the increased frequency of these clinics".

This programme is part of the Law Society's expanded portfolio of access to justice and community outreach initiativesunder its Justice for All project.

On Aug 28, the Law Society launched a $2 million project to increase public access to legal aid.

Also in the works is a plan to expand the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme to benefit 6,000 a year, instead of the current 400, and an island wide roll-out next year of the Appropriate Adult Scheme, which will tap trained volunteers to help mentally or intellectually disabled people when they are arrested.

A six-month trial last year at Bedok Police Division involving 60 volunteers, helped 30 accused people. The Law Society aims to train 300 such volunteers.