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The Court’s Supervisory Power to Restrain Lawyers from Conducting Proceedings in the Interests of the Administration of Justice

Jeffrey Pinsler SC

[2019] SAL Prac 17

Until recently, the supervisory role of the court over lawyers engaged in litigation before it has not fomented vibrant jurisprudence. Two cases of the Singapore High Court decided in 2012 and 2018 have changed this position. Apart from these developments, the author will consider the distinction between the court’s supervisory power and its substantive power to grant an injunction as well as the responsibility of a lawyer (as an officer of the court) to notify the court of any circumstances that could potentially jeopardise the interests of the administration of justice.