Advisories and Notices

 

The Institute releases advisories and notices regarding the operation of the CPD scheme from time to time. Referring to such advisories and notices may help you understand the corresponding part of the CPD scheme better.

 

For current advisories and notices, please refer below under the headings ‘Current advisories’ and ‘Current notices’. Please click on the hyperlink to view a PDF version of the full advisory or notice.

 

Advisories and notices that are no longer current may be found in the Advisories archive.

 

Current advisories

 

7. SILE Advisory CPD-2021-3 (Compliance Audit for CPD Year 2020)

The SILE’s verification of compliance with CPD requirements for CPD Year 2020 will commence in May 2021.

 

6. SILE Advisory CPD-2021-2 (CPD Declaration for PC/FPC Applications in 2021)

Advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore seeking to apply for a Singapore practising certificate (‘PC’) must make one of the three declarations set out under rule 8 of the CPD Rules in the online PC application form. Foreign lawyers seeking to apply for or renew their registration under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act must make one of the three declarations set out under rule 5(4)(e) of the Regulated Individuals Rules as part of their application in 2021. This advisory clarifies the appropriate declaration to be made by solicitors and s36B Foreign Lawyers seeking to apply for PCs or foreign practitioner certificates (‘FPCs’) in 2021.

 

5. SILE Advisory CPD-2021-1 (Waiver Application for CPD Year 2020)

 If you are unable to fulfil your CPD requirements for CPD Year 2020 even with the Extension Waiver and any applicable Deemed Waivers, or if they do not apply to your situation, then you may consider applying for a waiver using the Waiver Application for CPD Year 2020 Form ahead of the renewal of your practising certificate/foreign practitioner certificate in 2021.

 

4. SILE Advisory CPD-2020-7 (Extension Waiver for CPD Year 2020)

The Singapore Institute of Legal Education has implemented an Extension Waiver for CPD Year 2020. The extension period is from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. During the extension period, lawyers may attend CPD activities and obtain CPD points that can be applied towards fulfilling either their CPD points requirements for CPD Year 2020 or CPD points requirements for CPD Year 2021. Lawyers seeking to rely on the Extension Waiver must lodge a formal Extension Waiver Notice accessible through their ePortfolio accounts in the SILE CPD Centre.

 

3. SILE Advisory CPD-2020-6 (Group 1 Lawyers able to obtain CPD Points for speaking)

For CPD Year 2021, Group 1 Lawyers will also be able to obtain CPD Points for speaking or teaching at CPD Activities.

 

2. SILE Advisory CPD-2020-5 (Interpretation of "practice needs" in rule 3(2)(c) of the CPD Rules)

The term “practice needs” in rule 3(2)(c) of the Legal Profession (Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2012 need not be construed as being restricted to a lawyer’s primary or current area(s) of practice, but should be considered widely.

 

1. SILE Advisory CPD-2012-1 (Deemed waivers)

The Singapore Institute of Legal Education has implemented three ‘deemed waiver’ categories. In each CPD year, advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore with CPD points requirements to fulfil may self-assess whether they fall into any of the ‘deemed waiver’ categories and then fulfil their CPD points requirements for a given CPD year accordingly.

 

  

Current notices

 

2. SILE Notice on Accredited Webinars in CPD Year 2021

In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, SILE will be accrediting eligible webinars to allow lawyers to obtain Public CPD Points without physically attending activities.

 

1. SILE CPD Notice on CPD Year 2021

This notice clarifies the CPD Points Requirements for Group 3 Lawyers, Group 2 Lawyers, Group 1 Lawyers and s36B Foreign Lawyers for CPD Year 2021.