How do i locate case law

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How do i locate case law

  1. 1. How do I locate case law?
  2. 2. Reading the case name Civil Cases Indo Commercial Society (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)
  3. 3. Reading the case citation Year Vol Report Pg [1992] 2 SLR(R) 667 The citation tells us that the case is reported in vol 2 of the Singapore Law Reports (Reissue) for 1992, starting on page 667.
  4. 4. English case citation Year Vol Report Pg [1893] 1 QB 491 The citation tells us that the case is reported in vol 1 of the Queens Bench Law Report for 1893, starting on page 491.
  5. 5. Reading citations Neutral citation Year of decision Court Sequential Number [2007] SGHC 24 This is a system of citation where each written judgment from a particular level of court is assigned a sequential number, starting from 1 at the beginning of each calendar year. Singapore Neutral Citations: SGCA – Court of appeal SGDC – District Court SGFC – Family Court SGHC – High Court SGJC – Juvenile Court SGMC – Magistrates Court SGSC – Supreme Court SGSCT – Small Claims Tribunal
  6. 6. Checking abbreviations What do the 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/
  7. 7. Le Lievre v Gould [1893] 1 QB 491
  8. 8. Which database do you use?
  9. 9. Locating a Singapore case Planmarine AG v Maritime and Part Authority of Singapore [1999] 1 SLR(R) 669 Which database do I use? Use LawNet
  10. 10. Locating an English case Le Lievre v Gould [1893] 1 QB 491. Which database do I use? Use LawNet / Lexis / Westlaw
  11. 11. Another example Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562
  12. 12. Alcock v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police [1991] 4 ALL ER 907

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