Rule 4 of the Singapore Academy of Law Rules (Cap 294A, R1, 2002 Rev Ed) provides for waiver of annual subscriptions.


Mode of Application

Applications for waiver and waiver extension can be submitted online at the SAL Members' Online Portal.


Grounds for Waiver

Members may apply for waiver of annual subscriptions under Rule 4 of the Singapore Academy of Law Rules if (for any period of not less than 6 months), they will:
  1. be continuously absent from Singapore;
  2. not be ordinarily resident or domiciled in Singapore;
  3. not be in the profession of law; or
  4. not be gainfully employed.

A member shall be deemed “not to be in the profession of law” if he does not have in force a practising certificate and is not any of the following:

  1. a member of the Senate;
  2. a legal officer;
  3. a teacher in law at any university or institution of higher learning;
  4. a person employed to perform legal work or the duties of a lawyer by the Government, a statutory body, a corporation or an unincorporated association; or
  5. such other person who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, is carrying on activities so closely connected to the law or the profession of law as to be regarded as being in the profession of law.


Period of Waiver

The minimum period of waiver is 6 months. Applications for waivers for any period less than 6 months will be rejected.


Time Frame Allowed for Application of Waiver

An application for waiver shall be made one month prior to or during the period to which the application relates, and in any case not later than 3 months after the expiry of each six-month period referred to.


Waiver Expiry

There is no automatic renewal or extension of waiver.

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