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Singapore cases

Singapore's common law system is characterised by the doctrine of judicial precedent (stare decisis). Court decisions from England and other Commonwealth countries are not binding in the Singapore legal system, although Singapore is heavily influenced by English common law in several key areas, such as Contract, Tort and Restitution.

The Singapore Academy of Law is Singapore's official law-reporting agency, and is responsible for selection and publication of Singapore case law. Reports are made fortnightly on all legally-significant cases heard in the Singapore Court of Appeal and High Court, and by the Constitutional Tribunal.

Printed resources

The Singapore Law Reports (1992-present) Cw Sing 105

The Singapore Law Reports (1946-49, 53-56) Cw Malay Sing 100

Straits Settlements Law Reports [c1893-1941/42] Cw Malay Str Sett 130 

 

Unlocking citations

In 2010 volumes called Singapore Law Reports (Reissue), cited as SLR(R), were published "with re-written headnotes for the reports from 1965–2002, and re-edited judgment texts, that conforms to the SAL house-style."
The Law Bod only holds the old Singapore Law Reports for 1965-2002. Our subscription to Singapore Legal Workbench gives current members of the University access to both online. If you enter the old SLR citation for a case into the subscription database, where applicable, the results include the Reissue version of the report. (Since the Singapore Supreme Court Practice Direction No.4 of 2009 the preferred law report series for citing cases decided between 1965 and 2009 has been the SLR(R) in court.)

Neutral citations you may encounter - SGCA – Singapore Court of Appeal SGHC – Singapore High Court