Suspicious Transaction Reporting

In accordance with section 70D in Part VA of the Legal Profession Act - where a legal practitioner or law practice knows or has reasonable grounds to suspect any matter referred to in section 39(1) of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act ('CDSA'), the legal practitioner or law practice must disclose the matter to a Suspicious Transaction Reporting Officer under the CDSA by way of a suspicious transaction report; or an authorised officer under the CDSA.

There is also a duty under section 8(1) of the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act for every person in Singapore and every citizen of Singapore outside Singapore who has (inter alia) information about any transaction or proposed transaction in respect of any property belonging to any terrorist or terrorist entity, to file a suspicious transaction report.

For more information on suspicious transaction reporting, please refer to Part VA of the Legal Profession Act and the Legal Profession (Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism) Rules 2015.

In practice, a suspicious transaction report can be made directly to the Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office, which is the central agency in Singapore for the receipt, analysis and dissemination of suspicious transaction reports, under the Commercial Affairs Department ('CAD') of the Singapore Police Force.

A suspicious transaction report may be made in writing (addressed to Head, Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office, CAD) via e-mail to; or via the web-based Suspicious Transaction Report Online Lodging System (STROLLS). More details are available on CAD's website.