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Gloria James-Civetta

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future – John F. Kennedy

Gloria James is one of the few women lawyers in Singapore representing clients in Criminal Defence, Representation, Private Prosecution and POHA matters.

She’s a veteran of 24 years in the practice of Criminal Law and has appeared and represented clients in high profile cases, be it in the State Courts, Magistrate’s Appeal, High Court and Court of Appeal.

She had the privileged to be mentored by Sir Nicholas Bratza, QC (a former President of the European Courts of Human Rights) and the late Mr Subhas Anandan (one of Singapore’s most famous criminal lawyers).

Gloria has acted for local and expat clients in white collar and blue collar criminal law matters.

When assigned with a case, right from the initial stage, Gloria’s ability to take a client through the process with care and in a rational manner, provides peace of mind for the client.

Gloria believes in representation at the most immediate opportunity and stresses the importance of putting your case forward even if it’s at the initial stage of investigation. Her approach produces results. Clients have either had their charges dropped, a stern warning administered, a conditional warning being given or having the matter compounded altogether.

Almost half of her criminal matters are dealt with at the pre-court stage.

Gloria does not hesitate to refer a client for psychiatric evaluation and with a treatment plan sought. This helps in cases where a client is facing a community court matter and is likely to receive a community-based sentence.

Over the years, she has represented clients charged for Murder, Manslaughter, Rape, Molest, Sexual Offences, Criminal Intimidation, Drug Trafficking, Drug Consumption, Drug Possession, Affray, Assault, Rioting, Theft offences, Corruption, Fraud, Forgery, Cheating, Misappropriation, Offences against Public Servants, Road Traffic Matters, ICA matters, MOM matters, Offences under the Women’s Charter, Children and Young Persons Act, Juvenile Offences, Harassment, Stalking, Cyber-bullying, Cyber Crime offences, Computer Misuse Act, and several other offences under the Penal Code.

Gloria had served as a Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore for 6 years. She was acknowledged for her efforts and received extensive appreciation from the Law Society of Singapore.

She contributed her time in several CLAS, Pro-Bono and LASCO matters, and was acknowledged by the Law Society of Singapore when she was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award under the Sole Practitioner category.

Gloria also received Certificates of Appreciation from the Supreme Court and State Courts of Singapore, 7 years in a row.

GLORIA JAMES-CIVETTA & CO, sits as a Panel of Lawyers for several Embassies and Consulates in Singapore..

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Below are links covering some of Gloria’s cases or where her comments were sought.

Legal issues: Four common transgressions that see expats getting into trouble with the law in Singapore
Victims offer cash incentive for former sex offenders to stay crime-free
S’porean colleagues help drivers post bail
Cyber bullying in Singapore: Guide to new online laws
Many blogs with pictures of local schoolgirls found on Tumblr
Maid: Sir said ‘I need you’ before raping me
Grab ride turns nightmare for girl, 10
The Big Read: Help or hindrance? There’s a downside to posting clips of traffic incidents
Contrasting reactions to jailing of NS defaulter
She didn’t get off lightly: Lawyers
Nepalese doctor loses $94,000 to imposter
Why wasn’t ‘Messiah’ charged for instigation
What next for the women?
The two who fled S’pore last year
Webcam danger: feeds from Singapore homes found on surveillance website
Photos Of Singapore Schoolgirls With Obscene Comments Are On Tumblr
Is it sexual grooming?
50 may testify at coroner’s inquiry
Mystery surrounding American’s death in Singapore deepens as parents quit inquest into son’s death
5 S’pore lawyers to act for family of dead US researcher
Shane Todd’s family seeks US Congress, Thai expert’s help
Parents in Singapore for coroner’s inquiry Lawyers: Sentence for driver is fair
Acquittal ‘rare’, say lawyers
Helping to address under-reporting of sex crimes
Maids borrowing trouble along with money
Meagre pay, family pressure force maids to borrow money
Ghanaian jailed 12 years for identity theft
Woman’s acquittal raises questions among lawyers
He poses as cop to prey on women
Judicial CP – September 2000
Safety or fairness?
Gay ‘brothels’ operating in the heartlands Is law effective?
Allure of the ‘untouchable’
S’porean Tiwary cleared of Sydney double murder
Grab ride turns nightmare for girl, 10
One more expat jumps bail and flees
Instant affairs
Did suspect pop into eatery minutes after making off with $30,000 at Standard Chartered?
Canadian Tennis Ace in Singapore Sex Attack
Lawyers: Sentence for driver is fair
Is it sexual grooming?
Father of boy partially paralysed in tailgater crash: ‘We’ve almost depleted our savings on medical bills’
Is Someone Watching you on your Webcam Important note on Webcam Security
Upskirt cases on the rise in Singapore as technology grows more advanced
Teens ‘easy target’ for drug traffickers
Some criminals ‘deserve default death sentence’
Woman: Married SCDF Lt-Col pestered me to be his lover
Hacker threatens to leak ‘incriminating evidence’ against Kong Hee
Hard on victims despite laws to punish online vigilantes
Ex-boyfriend started showing up wherever she was
A lady driver refused to budge after she encountered problems with her complimentary parking privileges at the Lot One Shoppers’ Mall car park.
The lure of the shame game: Are online vigilantes going too far?
Hard on victims despite laws to punish online vigilantes CNM-CARE Research Talk: Rethinking Censorship In An Age of Authoritarian Resilience- Presented By Professor Cherian George
Public Prosecutor v Mas Swan bin Adnan and another appeal [2012] SGCA 29
Court allows shoplifter to keep stolen designer wear


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