Frequently Asked Questions Advanced Search Advanced Search Close Panel All of these words This exact phrase Any of these words Without these words Search within: MinLawWhole of Government Expand All Collapse All Top 5 Most Popular FAQsLegal Aid1. Who is eligible for legal aid? Briefly, to qualify for legal aid, a) you have to be a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident and be present in Singapore (This requirement does not apply if you are making an application under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction);b) you have to satisfy the “Means Test”. Your disposable income, that is, your income for the past 12 months before the date of application for legal aid and after deducting prescribed allowances, must not exceed $10,000/-, and your disposable capital must not exceed $10,000/-; and(c) there must be merits in your case (the ”Merits Test”)If you do not satisfy the Means Test but are facing hardship, the Director of Legal Aid may extend legal aid to you (subject to the requirements of the Merits Test) if:1. You satisfy certain statutory provisions; and2. It appears to him in his absolute discretion to be reasonable to do so to relieve hardship. 2. What does legal aid cover? It covers a wide range of civil matters including divorce, adoptions, claims for maintenance, custody of children, separation, wrongful dismissals, tenancy disputes, monetary claims, motor and industrial accident claims and estate matters.The Legal Aid Bureau does not handle criminal matters. You may approach the Law Society of Singapore to enquire on their Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. 3. What documents do I have to bring for registration at the Legal Aid Bureau? Please bring your SingPass and the following documents on your first appointment to enable us to process your case expeditiously: 1. Your identity card (IC) 2. Valid Passport if you are a Permanent Resident (PR) 3. Applicant's CPF Contribution History for the past 12 months 4. Spouse's CPF Contribution History for the past 12 months 5. Applicant's pay slip or letter from employer showing income for the past 12 months if he/she works but does not pay contribution to CPF 6. Spouse's pay slip or letter from employer showing income for the past 12 months if he/she works but does not pay contribution to CPF 7. Applicant's Latest Income Tax Assessment/ (IR8A form) 8. Spouse's Latest Income Tax Assessment/ (IR8A form) 9. Personal and Joint Updated Bank Books, Bank Statements, Fixed Deposits Receipts and any other Bank Investment Products Information 10. Tenancy/Rental Agreement 11. Applicant's Insurance Policies and their Surrender Values 12. The Central Depository (CDP) Account Statement (if any) 13. Original/Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate* 14. Photocopy of Birth Certificate* (Children/Sibling/Parent) 15. Motor Vehicles Log Book or Purchase Invoice 16. For Letter of Administration and Probate case:(i) Death Certificate/Certificate of Extract From Register of Deaths (for deceased)**(ii) Inheritance Certificate (for Muslim) 17. Police Report 18. Medical Report 19. Court Orders (e.g.: Divorce/Maintenance (MSS)/Personal Protection Order (PPO)/etc) 20. All other documents which are relevant to your case. * For civil marriages, the documents to be translated to English if it is in other languages. ** To translate the Death Certificate or extract to English if it is in other languages. 4. Is any monetary contribution needed from the person receiving legal aid? The total contribution usually does not exceed S$1,000, but it may be more in some cases. You will usually be asked to pay a first instalment before any work is started on your case and a second instalment after your case has been completed. We will usually start representing you in Court only after you have paid your contribution. 5. When is a grant of aid given? After an inquiry has been carried out in an application, an opinion on the merits of the application will be tabled before the Legal Aid Board.When an application for legal aid is approved and a Grant of Aid is filed, the applicant is entitled to enjoy all the facilities and privileges provided under the Legal Aid and Advice Act. If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please submit the Feedback form to let us know how we can help you.