FAQs for Lawyers

 

1. Who is a Group 3 Lawyer?
A: For CPD Year 2018, a Group 3 Lawyer is an advocate and solicitor (including a locum solicitor) admitted to the Singapore Bar on or before 31 December 2002, and includes solicitors in this category who are practising as locum solicitors.

 

2. Must all Group 3 Lawyers fulfil CPD Points Requirements?
A: For CPD Year 2018, Group 3 Lawyers who hold a Singapore Practising Certificate for more than 5 months between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 must fulfil CPD Points Requirements. Group 3 Lawyers who do not hold a Singapore Practising Certificate (e.g. in-house counsel) do not have to fulfil CPD Points Requirements. However, they may still need to fulfil other CPD requirements as defined in Rule 2 of the CPD Rules 2012.

 

3. Who is a Group 2 Lawyer?
A: For CPD Year 2018, a Group 2 Lawyer is an advocate and solicitor (including a locum solicitor) admitted to the Singapore Bar between 1 January 2003 and 1 January 2013 (both dates inclusive), and includes solicitors in this category who are practising as locum solicitors.

 

4. Must all Group 2 Lawyers fulfil CPD Points Requirements?
A: For CPD Year 2018, Group 2 Lawyers who hold a Singapore Practising Certificate for more than 5 months between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 must fulfil CPD Points Requirements. Group 2 Lawyers who do not hold a Singapore Practising Certificate (e.g. in-house counsel) do not have to fulfil CPD Points Requirements. However, they may still need to fulfil other CPD requirements as defined in Rule 2 of the CPD Rules 2012.

 

5. Who is a Group 1 Lawyer?
A: For CPD Year 2018, a Group 1 Lawyer is an advocate and solicitor (including a locum solicitor) admitted to the Singapore Bar on or after 2 January 2013, and includes solicitors in this category who are practising as locum solicitors.

 

6. Must all Group 1 Lawyers fulfil CPD Points Requirements?
A: For CPD Year 2018, Group 1 Lawyers who hold a Singapore Practising Certificate for more than 5 months between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 must fulfil CPD Points Requirements. Group 1 Lawyers who do not hold a Singapore Practising Certificate (e.g. in-house counsel) do not have to fulfil CPD Points Requirements. However, they may still need to fulfil other CPD requirements as defined in Rule 2 of the CPD Rules 2012.

 

7. Who is a s36B Foreign Lawyer?
A: For CPD Year 2018, a s36B Foreign Lawyer is a foreign lawyer registered under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act, i.e. holding a foreign practitioner certificate.

 

8. Must all s36B Foreign Lawyers fulfil CPD Points Requirements?
A: For CPD Year 2018, s36B Foreign Lawyers who hold a foreign practitioner certificate for more than 5 months between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 must fulfil CPD Points Requirements.

 

9. Do solicitors registered under s36E of the Legal Profession Act have CPD Points Requirements?
A: Solicitors registered under s36E of the Legal Profession Act who are advocates and solicitors admitted to the Singapore Bar and holding Singapore Practising Certificates have CPD Points Requirements. Such solicitors will need to meet the CPD Points Requirements of Group 1, Group 2 or Group 3 Lawyers depending on the date of their admission to the Singapore Bar.

 

10. Do I still need to fulfil CPD Requirements if I am leaving private practice?
A: If you are an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court and held your Practising Certificate for period of more than 5 months before leaving practice, or if you are a foreign lawyer registered under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act and held your foreign practitioner certificate for a period of more than 5 months in CPD Year 2018, you are subject to CPD Requirements (including CPD Points Requirements) as set out in the CPD Rules 2012.

 

11. What are CPD Requirements?
A: The term ‘CPD Requirements’ is defined in the CPD Rules 2012 and includes the obligation to undertake CPD Activities (i.e. obtain CPD Points), keep proper records of CPD Activities undertaken, submit to verification of compliance with the CPD Requirements etc.

 

12. What are the CPD Points Requirements for this CPD Year?
A: For CPD Year 2018, between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 (both dates inclusive):

 

    Group 3 Lawyers Group 2 Lawyers Group 1 Lawyers s36B Foreign Lawyers
a. If you hold a Practising Certificate/ foreign practitioner certificate for more than 8 months

You will need to obtain 4 CPD Points. At least 2 must be Public CPD Points.

You will need to obtain 8 CPD Points. At least 4 must be Public CPD Points. You will need to obtain 16 CPD Points. At least 8 must be Public CPD Points. You will need to obtain 8 CPD Points. At least 4 must be Public CPD Points.
b. If you hold a Practising Certificate/ foreign practitioner certificate for more than 5 months up to 8 months You will need to obtain 4 CPD Points. At least 2 must be Public CPD Points. You will need to obtain 8 CPD Points. At least 4 must be Public CPD Points. You will need to obtain 4 CPD Points. At least 2 must be Public CPD Points.
c. If you hold a Practising Certificate/ foreign practitioner certificate for 5 months or less

You do not need to obtain any minimum CPD Points.

 

13. If I am admitted to the Singapore Bar and intending to re-join practice, how will the CPD Points Requirements apply to me?

A: If you are re-joining practice in CPD Year 2018, the CPD Points Requirements will only apply from after you have taken out a Singapore Practising Certificate. Your CPD Points Requirements will depend on when you take out a Singapore Practising Certificate. By way of example, if, during the course of CPD Year 2018, you only take out a Singapore Practising Certificate on or after 1 August 2018, you will likely not need to meet any minimum CPD Points Requirements for CPD Year 2018 since you would have held your Singapore Practising Certificate for less than 5 months over the course of CPD Year 2018.

 

14. Where are the Accredited CPD Activities and their details listed?
A: Accredited CPD Activities and their details are listed on the Calendar of Accredited Learning Activities (CALAS) at the SILE CPD Centre website. You may click on the individual activity which interests you to find more details about the activity, including the registration procedures and fees payable (if any).

 

15. Are the events reflected on the CALAS fixed for the year?
A: No.CALAS is updated progressively as CPD Activities are accredited during the year. Do check CALAS regularly to keep up-to-date on the latest Accredited CPD Activities available. You may also choose to receive regular email updates of Accredited CPD Activities through your ePortfolio account, under the “Personal Settings> Subscription” tab.  You can also opt to only be notified of Accredited CPD Activities covering specific topics which are of interest to you.

 

16. How do I know whether the activities are accredited by SILE?
A: 
Activities accredited by SILE will be reflected on the CALAS. They will also bear the SILE’s Accredited Activity logo together with other details including the SILE’s Attendance Policy. If you are unsure whether an activity is accredited by SILE, please write to us to enquire.

 

17. Within a single CPD Year, can I claim CPD Points for CPD Activities which I attended prior to taking out a Singapore Practising Certificate (or foreign practitioner certificate, as the case may be) to fulfil CPD Points Requirements I may subsequently have for that year?
A: 
Yes. You may obtain CPD Points for CPD Activities which you undertake in that part of CPD Year 2018 during which you are not holding a Singapore Practising Certificate (or foreign practitioner certificate, as the case may be) in order to fulfil your CPD Points Requirements for CPD Year 2018.

 

18. What do I need to do to 'claim' Private CPD Points?
A: You may claim/obtain Private CPD Points for undertaking or attending an activity if the activity meets the criteria for CPD Activities under the CPD Rules and CPD Guidelines in force for the relevant CPD Year. You must have complied with the Attendance Policy, if applicable, and should retain evidence of your participation in the CPD Activity. CPD Points are not 'awarded' by the Institute as the CPD scheme relies to a large extent on an honour system. You will need to make an appropriate declaration when you apply for a Singapore Practising Certificate the following year. You may also be subject to an audit of your compliance with the CPD scheme. For more information on claiming Private CPD Points, click here.

 

19. May I use the CPD Points obtained this year to count towards my CPD Points Requirements for another year?
A: No, you may not. The CPD Points Requirements represent the minimum expected of lawyers. As such, you may not carry over excess CPD Points obtained in one CPD Year to another.