Six trainee lawyers who cheated in 2020 Bar exam have their admissions to the profession delayed

    SINGAPORE – Six trainee lawyers right here had their purposes to be known as to the Bar adjourned after they cheated in the skilled Bar examination in 2020 – together with on a paper on ethics {and professional} accountability.

    In the spirit of “second chances”, a High Court choose directed that the six not be named in the hope that they won’t be prejudiced in the long term.

    “In a profession in which every member must be like Caesar’s wife – beyond reproach – dishonesty is a big problem. But it would also be harsh to have one’s professional career ended before it has even begun,” stated Justice Choo Han Teck.

    The six had largely skilled in large and famend companies. Five of them are presently working as authorized executives.

    Five, who had shared solutions in six papers by WhatsApp, had to retake the papers after they have been discovered.

    The remaining one, who colluded with one other individual taking the exam and cheated in three of the papers, had to retake the whole preparatory course for what is named Part B of the Bar exam.

    They have all since handed the required exams, however their purposes to be known as to the Bar have been postponed – six months for the 5 and a yr for the different.

    Law graduates have to undergo a six-month course and move the Bar exam, referred to as Part B, in addition to full a six-month coaching contract with a legislation agency. They then qualify to be known as to the Bar, which implies they will practise as lawyers.

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    Graduates from authorized overseas universities additionally have to take one other exam referred to as Part A.

    Applications have to be accepted by the Attorney-General (AG), the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (Sile) and the Law Society.

    Twenty-six candidates to the Bar, together with the six, had their Bar admissions hearings earlier than Justice Choo final Wednesday (April 13).

    The AG objected to the six purposes as a result of that they had cheated in the Bar exam.

    On Monday, the choose issued the grounds of resolution to clarify why he had agreed to a proposal by the AG for the purposes to be adjourned.

    Justice Choo stated: “The AG was of the view that the applicants lacked honesty and integrity, and should not be admitted to the Bar, at least not for a while, since it is questionable whether they can presently swear the oath on admission which requires them to declare that they will ‘truly and honestly conduct (themselves) in the practice of an advocate and solicitor according to the best of knowledge and ability and according to law’.”

    The one who was required to retake the whole course had denied any wrongdoing, in contrast to the 5 who admitted what that they had achieved as quickly as the institute started its inquiry.

    She filed an affidavit apologising for her conduct solely on April 11, two days earlier than the admission listening to.

    She defined that her solutions have been the identical as the different individual as a result of they studied collectively and shared research notes.

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