Singapore Legal Portal
Providing information on Singapore law and links to online legal resources.
Links to sites providing information on Singapore law and legal sites with collection of commentaries, judgments, legislations and other free resources.
Links to sites of Singapore Law Firms and International Legal Practices with presence in Singapore and directories of lawyers, senior counsel, commisioners of oaths etc.
Frequently asked questions about Singapore Laws and legal matters and links to legal guides - on subjects such as criminal law, employment, divorce and family matters, immigration and legal aid.
Primary Justice Project - a joint collaboration between the State Courts, the Law Society, the Community Justice Centre and other justice stakeholders - was launched on 9 May 2014. The project encourages the public to explore amicable settlement of disputes before taking legal action in court as it provides an interim step between self-help and commencing action in the courts.
Under this scheme, a party who has a dispute may approach any lawyer listed on the Primary Justice panel. These lawyers provide basic legal services geared towards resolving the disputes at an early stage at a fixed fee.
This scheme is particularly suitable for the following types of cases: (a) Civil claims of less than $60,000 and which fall outside the Small Claims Tribunals' jurisdiction, including consumer claims, tenancy disputes, MCST disputes, defamation and employment disputes; and (b) Divorce matters where most ancillary matters are close to settlement. - Channel News Asia.
Singapore has concluded discussions on a tax information sharing agreement with the United States that aims to prevent tax evasion by US citizens, permanent residents and entities. Known as an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the deal requires Singapore-based financial institutions to comply with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which takes effect on 1 July. - BBC News
A man was sentenced to a fine of $10,000 for committing animal cruelty. This is the first time the maximum fine has been imposed by the court for animal cruelty. - Media Release - Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore
Judge of Appeal V K Rajah has been appointed as Singapore's next Attorney-General. He takes over from Mr Steven Chong, who will return to the Bench as a Judge of the High Court after completing his two-year term in June this year. - Press Statement from the Prime Minister's Office
State Courts launched Book - Motor Accident Guide. One of the aims of the book is to "assist the general public and key players in the motor industry to amicable and expediently resolve their traffic accident claims". The book is priced at $15 and will be available at the information counter of the State Courts Building, No 1 Havelock Square.
Singapore is a republic with a parliamentary system of Government. Her legal system is derived from the British and follows the English common law tradition.
The Constitution is the nation’s supreme law. It entrenches basic freedoms of the individual and provides for the organs of state. Any legislation contrary to the Constitution shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.
The legal profession in Singapore is 'fused' - a lawyer may act as both an Advocate (barrister) as well as a Solicitor. Lawyers may practise as sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships (LLP) or law corporations (LLC). There can also be Joint Law Ventures and Formal Law Alliances between foreign and local practices. Foreign practices may be registered as Foreign Law Practices, Representative Offices or Qualifying Foreign Law Practices. The Law Society of Singapore is the representative body for lawyers in Singapore. The Singapore Academy of Law is a statutory body whose membership comprises the Bench, the Bar, corporate counsel and faculty members of the local law schools.