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Southeast Asian Legal Research Guide: Singapore

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World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - Country Profile

World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - Country Profile for Singapore

The Index provides data on the following dimensions of the rule of law:
» Limited government powers
» Absence of corruption
» Order and security
» Fundamental rights
» Open government
» Effective regulatory enforcement
» Access to civil justice
» Effective criminal justice
» Informal justice

World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index (Full Report)

Singaporean Legal System

"English law is the foundation of the Singapore legal system," observes Andrew Phang in Essays in Singapore Legal History (ed. Kevin Tan). "This legal legacy is a result of Singapore's colonial past, commencing with the foundation of modern Singapore by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1819." In 1965 the creation of Singapore was made complete with the expulsion of Singapore from the Federation of Malaya and its declaration of independence. A temporary constitution was adopted by parliament on 22 December 1965 which has remained in force ever since. It consists of three separate documents: the Constitution of the State of Singapore 1963, the Republic of Singapore Independence Act 1965 and the elements of the Malaysian Federal Constitution. In 1993, further individuation from colonial forefathers was enacted when Singapore's Parliament passed the Application of English Law Act to clarify which of the received English laws still applied; and in 1994 appeals to the Privy Council in London were abolished.
Source: Essays in Singapore Legal History (ed. Kevin Tan).

For detailed information about the Singapore legal system see:

Singapore Legal Research Guides

Open Access to Singaporean Legal Material

This powerpoint presentation was written by Charlotte Gill of the Li Ka Shing Law Library, Singapore Management University and has been made available with her permission 

Doing Business in Singapore