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Introduction to case law

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Introducing case law including information on citation and how to find them.

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Introduction to case law

  1. 1. Introduction to Case Law
  2. 2. Case Name Case Citation Horton v Sadler [2007] 1 AC 307
  3. 3. Reading the Case Name • Civil Cases  Indo Commercial (Pte) Ltd v Ebrahim & Anor (S’pore)  Fisher v Bell (UK) • Criminal Cases  Public Prosecutor v Too Yong Wei (S’pore)  R v Smith (UK)
  4. 4. Year Vol PgReport [1992] 2 SLR(R) 667 This citation tells us that the case is reported in volume 2 of the Singapore Law Reports (Reissue) for 1992, starting on page 667.
  5. 5. Year Vol PgReport [1893] 1 QB 491 This citation tells us that the case is reported in volume 1 of the Queens Bench Law Report for 1893, starting on page 491.
  6. 6. Reading Citations Neutral Citation Year of decision Court [2007] SGHC Singapore Neutral Citations: • SGCA – Court of Appeal • SGDC – District Court • SGFC – Family Court • SGHC – High Court • SGJC – Juvenile Court • SGMC – Magistrates Court • Supreme Court • SGSCT – Small Class Tribunal This a system of citation where each written judgement from a particular level of court is assigned a sequential number, starting from 1 at the beginning of each calendar year Sequential Number 24
  7. 7. Reading Citations • Neutral Citation Year of decision Court [2007] SGHC This a system of citation where each written judgement from a particular level of court is assigned a sequential number, starting from 1 at the beginning of each calendar year Case Number 24 England & Wales Neutral Citations: • UKHL – House of Lords • UKPC – Privy Council • EWCA Civ – Cour of Appeal Civil Division • EWCA Crim – Court of Appeal Criminal Division • EWHC Admi – High Court (Administrative) • EWHC Admlty – High Courts (Admiralty) • EWHC Ch – High court (Chancery) • EWHC Comm – High Court (Commercial) • EWHC Fam – High Court (Family) • EWHC Pat – High Court (Patents) • EWHC QB – High Court (Queen’s Bench) • EWHC TCC – High Court (Tech & Construction)
  8. 8. Checking Abbreviations • What do abbreviations mean? • How do you know whether it is a Singapore case or an English case? Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations http://www.legalabbrevs.Cardiff.ac.uk/
  9. 9. Finding out the Abbreviation • [2002] 2 WLR 1315
  10. 10. Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy

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