Introduction to Case Law What is Case Law? Written record of the courts‟ decisions
Case NameConsists of the names of the parties involved Civil Case Chwee Kin Keong v Digilandmall.com Pte Ltd. Criminal Case Public Prosecutor v PDM International Pte Ltd The case name alone is often not enough. There is no indication of the date, where it was reported, or which case in particular is being referred to (there may be more than one case)
Understanding Reported Case Citations Year Volume Reporter Pg  2 SLR (R) 594The citation tells us that the case may befound in vol 2 of the Singapore Law Reports(Reissue) for 2004, starting on page 594.
Understanding Neutral CitationsNeutral citation Singapore Neutral Citations: Year of decision Court Sequential Number SGCA – Court of appeal SGDC – District Court SGFC – Family Court  SGCA 2 SGHC – High Court SGJC – Juvenile Court The citation above tells us that this was the SGMC – Magistrates 2nd case in 2005 in the Singapore Court of Appeal. Court This is a system of citation where each written judgment SGSC – Supreme Court from a particular level of court is assigned a sequential SGSCT – Small Claims number, starting from 1 at the beginning of each calendar Tribunal year.
Finding a case by citation E.g. Find Chwee Kin Keong and others vDigilandmall.com Pte Ltd  2 SLR (R) 594
Search by Citation  2 SLR (R) 594 1. Select “Singapore Law Reports (Reissue)” 2. Enter the Year,3. Click on the Vol. and the“Search” Page no.
Search Citation ResultsClick on the case toview the full text
View Case as it Appearsin the Published Reporter Retrieve the PDF document
Anatomy of a Reported Case: Case Heading Reporter Information1. Nameof Case 2. Neutral Citation 3. Name of Court 4. Suit or Application No. of Case 5. Judge(s) or Judicial Commissioner(s) 6. Hearing Date(s)
Anatomy of a Reported Case: Editorial Content 1. Catchwords 2. Summary of Facts of the Case 4. Cases referred to3. Summary of Holdings 5. Legislation referred to
Singapore Laws Statutes /Acts Over 500 statutes/acts listed under “current acts” in LawNet Each Act is given it‟s own chapter number. („cap‟ for short) E.g. Companies Act, Cap 50 Subsidiary Legislation While Acts deal with broad legal principles, Subsidiary Legislation deals with details such as procedures, admin matters, technical standards, etc. E.g. Companies (Application of Bankruptcy Act Provisions) Regulations, Cap 50, Section 411
More Legal Resources Searching a topic? Interested to start a business that involves gum …consider the history and recent discussion What source can you use to gain a better understanding? Try: Singapore Parliament Reports www.parliament.gov.sg (under Publications)
Parliamentary Reports Provides Parliamentary discussion (debates) since 1955 1. Select Singapore Parliamentary Reports under Publications 2. Enter your search term(s) 3. Choose the relationship of your terms by Selecting Search Options
Parliamentary Reports (Hansard) Provides Parliamentary discussion (debates) since 1955 1. Select Parliamentary Reports 2. Select Hansard Report Search Link takes you to the free www.parliamanet.gov.sg site (under Publications)
Locating Journal Articles on a Topic using LawNet
Singapore Legal Articles Locate: articles on “offer and acceptance” 1. Select Legal Research 2. Select Reference Material 3. Enter your Terms 4. Select the term connectors 5. Select Search
Search Results 1. Narrow the 36 results by type of reference material 2. Select an article from the List
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How to approach a law exam question? Steve Foster, “Answering Problem Questions” in How to Write Better Law Essays (Pearson Education, 2007) ch 4 [Contains a sample contract problem] Location: Reserves Call Number: KD404 .F67 2007