The State Courts strive to serve our community by providing litigants with an effective and accessible system of justice, inspiring public trust and confidence. Many legal problems that court users face belie other social and emotional issues. They may enter the Courts with feelings of anger, loss, frustration, and seek justice to be served, to be reconciled with others or even themselves, in the hope of having their lives restored.


For more than a decade, the State Courts have introduced a number of programmes in the justice divisions, namely the Criminal Justice Division and Civil Justice Division, to promote greater accessibility to justice, enhance support for members of the public, and enable the State Courts to provide a more effective and efficient justice system. Many of these programmes are supported by volunteers.


Court volunteers play a vital role in serving together with the State Courts, making a real difference in the lives of others through the giving of their resources for the well-being of others. Many court users have benefitted from the assistance and support provided by the court volunteers.

 

If you have a passion for volunteerism, we invite you to join hands with us to serve needy litigants and court users. You can serve as Court Volunteer Mediators, or as volunteers to provide emotional and moral support to indigent litigants-in-person. If you are legally trained, you can also volunteer as Referees at the Small Claims Tribunals to help adjudicate certain small claims cases.

Recruitment of New Volunteers

Volunteer Programmes​​Details​Criteria​Frequency of Service​Open for Recruitment
​1​Court Volunteer Mediators at the Community Justice & Tribunals Division​To mediate disputes with a view to reach an amicable settlement amongst parties​- Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
- At least 1 year experience at Consumer Association of Singapore or at Community Mediation Centre or at Singapore Mediation Centre. Those without this experience but possess similar experience, may be considered on a case by case basis
​- Able to commit for a period of 1 year in advance and able to conduct at least 1 mediation session (one half day, either morning or afternoon) per month or 12 mediation sessions per yearThe current term of appointment for our Court Volunteer Mediators is till January 2022. You may wish to stay updated on the volunteering opportunities through this website for more details nearer the date.
​2​Volunteer Referee at the Community Justice & Tribunals Division – Small Claims Tribunals​To hear SCT cases and adjudicate the dispute in a fair and just manner​NANA​The term of appointment is by invitation and varies for different referees
​3​Court Volunteer Mediators Programme at the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution – Civil MediationTo mediate civil disputes at the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution where the quantum of the claim does not exceed $60,000

- Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident

- "Qualified person" as defined under the Legal Profession Act

- At least 3 years of local post-qualification legal experience

- A member of Singapore Mediation Centre's Panel of Associate Mediators with at least 3 years of mediation experience or Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) Accredited Mediator Level 3

​- Able to conduct at least 3 mediation sessions per year

Applications for appointment to the Panel of Court Volunteer Mediators have closed and we will not be processing further applications. The current term of appointment for our Court Volunteer Mediators is till January 2022. You may wish to stay updated on the volunteering opportunities through this website for more details nearer the date.

 

 

​4​Court Volunteer Mediators Programme at the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution – Criminal Mediation​To mediate cases where a Magistrate’s Complaint has been filed, i.e. minor criminal offences that arise out of a family, social or community context

- Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident

- A member of Singapore Mediation Centre's Panel of Associate Mediators with at least 3 years of mediation experience or Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) Accredited Mediator Level 3

- Preferably "qualified person" as defined under the Legal Profession Act

​- Able to conduct at least 3 mediation sessions per year

Applications for appointment to the Panel of Court Volunteer Mediators have closed and we will not be processing further applications. The current term of appointment for our Court Volunteer Mediators is till January 2022. You may wish to stay updated on the volunteering opportunities through this website for more details nearer the date.

​5​Mediation by Justices of the Peace at the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution ​To mediate cases where a Magistrate’s Complaint has been filed, i.e. minor criminal offences that arise out of a family, social or community context

- Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident

- Must hold an appointment as Justice of the Peace

- Appointment is by invitation only

- A member of Singapore Mediation Centre's Panel of Associate Mediators with at least 3 years of mediation experience or Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) Accredited Mediator Level 3

​- Able to conduct at least 3 mediation sessions per year

Appointment is by invitation; currently being extended to recently appointed Justices of the Peace
Last updated on: 30/10/2019 2:02 PM
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