Three Indian -born trainee lawyers were among six people who cheated in the 2020 Lawyers Exam in Singapore, according to media reports on Wednesday.
Singapore High Court Judge Choo Han Teck on Wednesday quashed an order for their names to be edited, Channel News Asia reported.
The six people named in the ex-tempore judgment are Monisha Devaraj, Kushal Atul Shah, Sreeraam Ravenderan who is from India, as well as Lynn Kuek Yi Ting, Matthew Chow Jun Feng and Lionel Wong Choong Yoong who is from China.
Judge Choo said he had allowed the Attorney General’s application to quash the editorial and sealing order following the “substantial public interest” in the matter.
“Initially I believed that editing the applicant’s name would allow them to go through the recovery process quietly and smoothly, but I am now of the view that it is better to face publicity than to hide from it,” the judge said.
In his preliminary judgment last week, Judge Choo said he would not name the six lawyers “in the hope that they will not be prejudiced in the long run” after they were found to have cheated in exams.
“In a profession where every member must be like Caesar’s wife, impeccably, dishonesty is a big deal. But it will also be hard if a person’s professional career is terminated before it begins,” the judge said last week.
Five of the trainee lawyers shared answers to six exam papers via WhatsApp, while the latter conspired with other candidates to cheat in three papers, according to a Channel report.
Judge Choo allowed a six -month deferment for the application of Counsel for five trainee lawyers, and a one -year deferment for the application of the remaining trainee lawyers.
Justice Choo added, “Strong sentiment can sometimes interfere with a proper understanding of the idea of a second chance.” After the initial disclosure of six applicants, the Attorney -General’s Chambers said the Attorney -General was considering the applications of five more trainees who cheated.
To practice law in Singapore, law graduates must be admitted to the Bar by passing a set of examinations known as Part B. Law graduates from approved foreign universities must also take another conversion examination known as Part A.
The Attorney-General, the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) and the Singapore Law Society could not object to the application to allow the lawyer to be admitted, according to the report.
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