Comprising members of the Bar, professionals and individuals from diverse backgrounds, court volunteers play an important role in the State Courts’ mission to provide access to justice and thus, make a great difference to those who benefit from their service. The annual appreciation event is organised to recognise the sterling contributions of court volunteers for their commitment to and support of the State Courts’ various programmes for litigants-in-person and court users.  

Read more about the following past events:

Court Volunteers' Appreciation Dinner 2013

The annual Court Volunteers’ Appreciation Dinner was held at the Furama City Centre Hotel on 8 November 2013. It is a celebratory event to recognise the contributions of volunteers who have invested their time and efforts to partner us in enhancing the delivery of justice. This year, special recognition was given to more than 20 individuals and organisations who have contributed selflessly to the mission of the Subordinate Courts over the past few years.

The Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon was the guest-of-honour for the event.

You can also read the Asia One "Honours for volunteers at Subordinate Courts" media report for more information.

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Court Volunteers’ Appreciation Tea 2014

Volunteers play an integral role in the work of the State Courts. Our annual appreciation event to thank and honour our volunteers for their service was held on 2 Sep 2014. In a break from the past practice to host a formal dinner, we held an inaugural appreciation tea at the State Courts this year to provide greater opportunities for court volunteers to interact with colleagues from the State Courts. Awards were presented to outstanding volunteers for their dedicated and distinguished service. A special tribute was also paid to volunteers from the pioneer generation.

 Read the address by Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge of the State Courts.

 

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Court Volunteers' Appreciation Lunch 2015

Each year, we organise an appreciation event to thank and honour all our court volunteers for their dedicated service and invaluable contribution to deliver justice to the community.  This year, we held an appreciation lunch at the Furama City Centre on 12 November 2015.  A total of 51 court volunteers attended the event.  In conjunction with Singapore’s Jubilee year and as a small token of our appreciation, each guest was also presented with an SG50 commemorative coin.

The highlight of the event was the Outstanding Court Volunteer Award presentation, which were awarded to Mr See Chern Yang (Advocate and Solicitor Category) and Associate Professor Lum Kit Wye (Open Category) respectively.  The Outstanding Court Volunteer awards recognise individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication as volunteers with the State Courts.

Read the address by Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge of the State Courts.

 

 

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Volunteer Mediators Pledge-Taking Ceremony 2016

The State Courts have over the years actively promoted mediation as a dispute resolution option for cases filed at the State Courts.  We have been greatly assisted in this regard by our many volunteer mediators who have contributed their time, expertise and experience to this cause.  To recognise the importance and contributions of our Volunteer Mediators, we held a simple yet meaningful ceremony on 29 March 2016 to formalise their appointments.  A total of 108 volunteer mediators took their pledge and received their Certificates of Appointment at the ceremony.  We are deeply grateful for their dedication and willingness to serve, and wish them success in their appointments.

Read the Welcome Address by Judicial Comissioner, See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge of the State Courts.

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Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Dinner 2016

For the first time, the State Courts, Supreme Court and Family Justice Courts came together to organise the Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Dinner on 1 November 2016 to show our appreciation and recognise the contributions of our volunteers. The dinner was hosted by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

At the dinner, the Chief Justice presented the State Courts Outstanding Court Volunteer Awards to:

  • Mr Kamalarajan Chettiar (Advocate and Solicitor category)

Mr Kamalarajan Chettiar of Rajan Chettiar LLC and Resolvers Pte Ltd is a mediator for both civil disputes and Magistrates Complaint matters. He has volunteered on 17 occasions in the past year and is one of the longest-serving volunteers for civil disputes, joining the volunteer programme since 2009.

  • Mr Lim Soon Hock (Open category)

Mr Lim Soon Hock of PLAN-B ICAG Pte Ltd has spent more than 25 years in public and community service and has served as a volunteer mediator for Magistrate’s Complaint matters since 2013. In the past year, he has volunteered on 19 occasions with the State Courts.

In addition, the Chief Justice presented the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (“LASCO”) Award by the Supreme Court to Mr Eugene Thuraisingam of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, and the Family Justice Courts Outstanding Court Volunteer Awards to Ms Asiah Zam Zam (Advocate and Solicitor category) and Ms Annie Seah Hwee Kheng (Open category).

Long Service Awards were also presented to our volunteers who had served for 15 and 20 years. The recipients were:

  1. Long Service Award (15 years)
    • Mr Ajaib Hari Dass
    • Mr Anthony Loh
    • Dr Baey Lian Peck
    • Mr Cheng Wai Keung
    • Mr Cheong Khim Teck
    • Mr Chia Ah Sah
    • Mrs Chia Swee Tin
    • Mr Chng Beng Guan
    • Mr Choo Si Sen
    • Mr Jamshid K Medora
    • Mr Koh Lian Huat
    • Mr Kong Mun Kwong
    • Mr Lee Chow Soon
    • Mr Leong Chun Loong
    • Mr Leow Peng Kui
    • Ms Lim Hsiu Mei
    • Prof Low Cheng Hock
    • Mr Hon Chia Chun Noel
    • Mr Shriniwas Rai
    • Mr Tan Kah Hoe
    • Dr Teng Su Ching
    • Dr Teo Cheng Swee
  2. Long Service Award (20 years)
    • Mr Vijayarengan Maheantharan

The guests were treated to a performance by “The Illegals”, a band led by Mr Francis Xavier, SC. In addition, Mr Josephus Tan shared his pro bono experience with the guests.

Read the Opening Remarks by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.
 

 

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 Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Dinner 2017

The annual Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Dinner organised by the State Courts, Supreme Court and Family Justice Courts was held on 14 September 2017. This event is organised each year to recognise the contributions of our volunteers.

 

At the dinner, The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon presented the annual outstanding volunteer awards to five volunteers for their sterling commitment and dedication to pro bono work.

 

The award recipients were:

 

(i) Mr Lim Sheng Kang Shaun

Award: Outstanding Court Volunteer Award (Student Category)

– conferred by the State Courts

 

Mr Lim is a final year law student at the National University of Singapore and has been volunteering in the State Courts’ Student Representatives Programme since the programme was introduced in 2016 to assist litigants-in-person (LIPs) in harassment cases, community disputes, small claims and employment claims cases. Besides assisting LIPs, Mr Lim also volunteered to help train subsequent batches of student representatives from NUS, and provided peer mentorship and guidance to the new volunteers.

 

(ii) Mr Krishna s/o Veerappen

Award: Outstanding Court Volunteer Award (Open Category)

– conferred by the State Courts

 

Mr Krishna joined the State Courts in 2014 as a volunteer mediator for Magistrate’s Complaint cases. He has shown exceptional commitment and determination in mediating the cases assigned to him, and had successfully mediated many of them. When the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution (SCCDR) expanded its pool of volunteer mediators in 2016, Mr Krishna assisted the SCCDR by coaching new mediators, generously sharing with them his insights and experience in mediating cases in the State Courts.

 

(iii) Mr Lam Kuet Keng Steven John

Award: Outstanding Court Volunteer Award (Advocate & Solicitor Category)

– conferred by the State Courts

 

Mr Lam has been a volunteer mediator at the State Courts since 2009, and he has contributed greatly to the alternative dispute resolution scene in the State Courts. Mr Lam is currently one of the State Courts’ most regular and avid volunteers, dealing with both civil and criminal mediations. All the cases that he mediated between April 2016 and March 2017 were settled.

 

(iv) Mr Amolat Singh

Award: Outstanding Court Volunteer Award (Advocate & Solicitor Category)

– conferred by the Family Justice Courts

 

Mr Amolat Singh was amongst the Family Justice Courts’ (FJC) earliest volunteer mediators and has been volunteering with the FJC since 2010. He is an exemplary volunteer with the heart and passion to serve, achieving full settlement in most of the cases assigned to him.

 

Mr Singh also received the Supreme Court’s inaugural Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO) Award in 2010 and in 2014, he was conferred the Outstanding Volunteer Award (Advocate & Solicitor Category) by the State Courts.

 

(v) Mr James Masih

Award: Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO) Award

– conferred by the Supreme Court

 

Mr James Masih specialises in civil and criminal litigation. His practice includes family law, wills, probate and estate administration. Mr Masih is very passionate about criminal defence work, and takes a special interest in capital cases; he has assisted in 15 LASCO cases (11 trials, 4 appeals) since 1 January 2013.

 

Long Service Awards were also presented to Ms Cheryl Lim Li Li and Dr Yap Swee Cheng, who have both served for 10 years as Maintenance Mediators at the Family Justice Courts.

 

Outstanding Court Volunteer Award recipient Mr Amolat Singh, who serves in the three Courts, took the stage and kept guests engaged with his experience of volunteering in the courts. The Mojocoustic band entertained the 300 volunteers and staff of the three Courts. The band members met when they were with the Singapore Prison Service’s Performing Arts Centre, and have been performing at many Yellow Ribbon events like “Dining Behind Bars”, since their formation in 2011.

 

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