… to administer criminal Justice in such or the like Manner and Form, or as nearly as the Condition and Circumstances of the Place and the Persons will admit of, as our Courts of Oyer and Terminer and Goal Delivery do or may, in … England due attention being had to the several Religions, Manners and Usages of the native Inhabitants.
William Theobald’s Acts of the Legislative Council of India (1834-1867)
George Smoult Fagan’s Unrepealed and Unexpired Acts of the Legislative Council of India from 1834-1870
Problem: Which Acts applied to Singapore?
1889 - Straits Settlements Statute Law Revision Ordinance - authority to publish volume containing applicable Indian Acts - Indian Acts passed during the period extending from the 22nd day of April 1834 to the 31st day of March 1867
It is proper that the Court of Appeal should not hold itself bound by any previous decisions of its own or of the Privy Council … where adherence to such prior decisions would cause injustice in a particular case or constrain the development of the law in conformity with the circumstances of Singapore