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News & Recent Developments

July 2014

Court rules Postnuptial Aagreement Binding - The Court of Appeal has ruled that a postnuptial agreement formed under the proper circumstances can carry “significant weight” in determining how matrimonial property is to be divided. - Today


Copyright Act amended to stop Online Piracy - Parliament has passed an amended Copyright Act that allows copyright owners to obtain blocking orders against infringing websites, without first having to send a take-down notice to network service providers. - Channel News Asia


New Framework for Family Law Justice System - Government accepts recommendations on new framework for the Family Justice System. The key recommendations are to: (i) Provide better support to help families resolve their disputes; and (ii) Create a comprehensive specialist family court structure known as the Family Justice Courts. Media Release, Ministry of Law


New Supreme Court Judge Appointed - Judicial Commissioner Tan Siong Thye was appointed to the position of High Court Judge on 1 July 2014.  Judge Steven Chong Horng Siong was also sworn in as a High Court judge (re-appointed after serving as the Attorney-General). - Media Release, Supreme Court


Football match-fixer convicted - A businessman with alleged ties to an international match-fixing ring was found guilty of providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches. - Channel News Asia

June 2014

Report of Committe of Inquiry on Little Indoa Riots Released - The Committe of Inquiry submitted its report to the Deputy Prime Minister 27 June 2014. The report established the factors and circumstances that led to the riot, and how the incident unfolded. The executive summary, full report (and their accompanying annexes) have been released.         

Little India Riot COI report - 2014-06-27
Little India Riot COI report annexes - 2014-06-27
Little India Riot COI - Executive Summary - 2014-06-27
Little India Riot COI - Annex A to Executive Summary - 2014-06-27

- Press release, Ministry of Home Afairs


Facebook user fined for fabricated posting - A Facebook user was fined $5,000 for making a "reckless" post falsely claiming that five full-time national servicemen had been killed in the Little India riot.- The Stomp


New Attorney-General sworn in - Justice V K Rajah has been swon in as the new Attorney-General of Singapore on 25 June 2014. He takes over from Steven Chong woh returns to the Supreme Court.- Straits Times


15 arrested for illegal soccer betting - Police in Singapore have arrested 15 suspects for their suspected involvement with illegal soccer bookmaking and punting activities. Under the Betting Act, any person who bets with a bookmaker shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both. Any person who is found to be involved in bookmaking shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 and not more than $200,000, and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.- Police Press Release


Website Hacker Fined - The person responsible for hacking the Istana website pleaded guilty and was fined S$8,000 for the unauthorised access to the server hosting the Istana website. The charge under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act was knowingly causing an unauthorised modification of the contents of a computer, an offence which carries punishment of a fine up to $10,000 or to imprisonment for up to 3 years or to both. - Channel News Asia


Employers Charged for Excessive Work Hours and Non-Payment - The Ministry of Manpower has charged five companies for breaching the Employment Act. Their offences included making employees work excessive hours, not paying workers on time, and making unauthorised salary deductions. - Press release, Ministry of Manpower


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