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Guide to the Singapore Legal System and Legal Research

Originally written by Tzi Yong Sam Sim, this introduction to the sources of law and legal system in Singapore provides, available on the GlobaLex web site, provides links to the online sources mentioned. An updated version of the guide, by Arundhati Ashok Satkalmi, was published July 2008, and the latest update is by Charlotte Gill and dated January 2013.

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

IPOS is the government agency that formulates and administers IP laws in Singapore. Legal resources available on its web site include the relevant Acts and Regulations (pdf), legal decisions, 1999 onwards, Legislation update, 1997 onwards, forms, and Hearings and Mediation Group practice circulars 2009 onwards.

Law Gazette

The Law Gazette is the official monthly journal of the Law Society of Singapore, including digests of recent cases and legislation, with archive January 2000 onwards.

Law Society of Singapore

The Law Society of Singapore is the representative body for all lawyers in Singapore. Its site provides information for and about the legal profession in Singapore, notably a directory covering individual lawyers, law firms, notaries public and commissioners for oaths; practice directions and circulars (in Members’ Library, requiring log-in); calendar of events; and information on how to qualify and how to set up a legal practice (select “Running your Practice”). Publications include the Society’s Law Gazette 2000 onwards. The section headed “You and the Law” contains brief articles on various aspects of the law, aimed at the layperson: select “For Public” from the menu bar.

LawNet [Singapore]

LawNet is essentially a subscription site, provided by the Singapore Academy of Law. However the “Latest Singapore judgments” section has full-text judgments of the Supreme Court, Family & Juvenile Court and State Courts (formerly termed Subordinate Courts) from the last three months: select Free resources > Case law & Decisions. Judgments are simply listed in reverse chronological order. There is also a link to Singapore Statutes on the Attorney-General’s Chambers site (see below).

Parliament of Singapore

The Singapore Parliament’s site includes text of Bills, 2006 onwards, Debates (“Reports”) covering the entire history of the Parliament including its predecessor the Legislative Assembly, and Standing Orders. Other content includes information on the roles of the various officers of Parliament and lists of members of current and previous Parliaments from 1965 (i.e. 1st Parliament) to date.

Singapore Statutes Online

Provided by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, this site provides full text of all current Singapore Acts and Subsidiary Legislation.

Supreme Court, Singapore

The Singapore Supreme Court’s site offers information on the composition of the court, and contacts. The “Practice Directions” section contains the current version of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act and the Rules of Court, consolidated Practice Directions, and Registrar’s circulars 1999 onwards. Judgments from the last three months are available; they may be filtered by subject area.