Local Lawyers Not Satisfactory, Roy Ngerng Wants QC Representation

Posted on Jun 5 2015 - 5:07pm by Benita Aw

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In a close-door court session yesterday, socio-political blogger said he wants to be represented by a Queen’s Counsel, in his legal wrangle with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

This comes ahead of a High Court hearing in July to assess the amount of damages Ngerng must pay to PM Lee, after he was sued for defamation.

Ngerngwas taken to court after publishing several articles on his blog, which were deemed to have accused PM Lee of corruption.

He has already been ordered to pay PM Lee S$29,00 in legal fees.

Under Singapore’s Legal Profession Act, top-tier counsel like QCs can appear in court when certain conditions are met.

One is that the QC has special qualifications or experience for the case at hand.

The court will also look into factors such as whether local senior counsel are available for the case, and whether there is a need to engage the services of a foreign legal counsel.

But Ngerng might not get his desired representation.

For the past 10 years, attempts to engage QCs for cases in Singapore have often not been successful.

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