C. Duty Lawyer Scheme run by the Duty Lawyer Service

Main Services: The Duty Lawyer Scheme provides legal representation in criminal cases to eligible defendants appearing in Magistrates Courts and Juvenile Courts. The legal representation is provided by qualified solicitors and barristers in private practice. It includes advising the defendant whether he should plead guilty to the charge, making a plea in mitigation on his behalf if he pleads guilty, conducting the defence at trial if he pleads not guilty, and making a plea in mitigation if he is convicted after trial.

Other Services: The Duty Lawyer Scheme also provides legal representation to (1) eligible persons who are at risk of criminal prosecution as a result of giving incriminating evidence in Coroners Inquest; (2) hawkers appealing to the Municipal Services Appeals Board against the decision of not issuing hawker licence to them; and (3) eligible persons facing extradition proceedings.

  1. Are all proceedings in Magistrates Courts covered by the Scheme?
  2. Is there any financial screening before I can obtain legal representation from the Scheme?
  3. Do I need to pay anything for the service?
  4. What should I do if I want to obtain legal representation from the Scheme?

For more details about the Duty Lawyer Scheme, please visit the Duty Lawyer Service's webpage or telephone 2526 5969.

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