Dr Lee Cheng, immediate Past President of the Singapore Psychiatric Association (FY 13/14 to 17/18) has been appointed as Justice of the Peace (JP) for a period of 5 years with effect from 24 April 2018. A JP is a person of high social standing and have distinguished himself/herself in public, social or community service. A JP is appointed by the President of Singapore to exercise such powers and to perform such duties as may be conferred on him/her by law. These powers include filing complaints to the courts relating to any offence committed under the Children and Young Persons Act and issuing search warrants to Police under the Societies Act. He/she can also appointed to the Board of Visiting Justices to inspect prison facilities and to ensure the basic welfare of prisoners is being taken care of.
A JP is also often requested by the public to perform functions in keeping with his/her social standing such as solemnization of marriages.
The Management Committee of SPA would like to congratulate Dr Lee in his new role.