Finding Laws and Regulations Relevant to Singapore: Using LawNet Joseph Kennedy Research Librarian, Law & Business 23 Augu...
You will learn…. <ul><li>How to retrieve Singapore & UK case law using LawNet </li></ul><ul><li>How to retrieve Singapore ...
Introduction to case law <ul><li>What is case law?  </li></ul>Record of the courts’ decisions
Case Name <ul><li>Consists of the names of the parties involved </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Case </li></ul><ul><li>Chwee Kin K...
Case Citation <ul><li>Year Vol Report Pg </li></ul><ul><li>[2004 ]    2    SLR (R)  594 </li></ul><ul><li>[1989]    2    Q...
Reading citations <ul><li>Neutral citation </li></ul><ul><li>  Year of decision   Court     Sequential  </li></ul><ul><li>...
 
Click on “L” for LawNet Locating LawNet
LawNet
LawNet
LawNet
LawNet Homepage
Finding a case by citation E.g. Find the case [2001] 2 SLR (R) 285
1. Select “ Singapore Law Reports (Reissue)” 2. Enter the  Year , the  Vol.  and the  Page no. Search by citation
Click on the case to view the full text Search by citation
Search by citation
Search by citation
Frequent Sections of  a Reported Case <ul><li>Heading of a Case (name of case, neutral citation, name of court, suit or ap...
What is the name of the case with the citation [2003] 4 SLR(R) 257? <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>PT Tugu Pratama Indo...
Finding English cases on LawNet Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company [1893] 1 QB 256
UK Case Search 1. Select  ‘The Law Reports ’ 2. Enter the  Year , the  Vol . and the  Page no .
Results List Click on the case link to view the full text
Full Text Click on the icons to print or download a PDF copy.
The Law Reports List of Titles in this Series The Law Reports are published by The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting f...
Legislation
Singapore Laws <ul><li>Statutes /Acts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400 different statutes  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each Act is...
Finding Statutes/Acts
<ul><li>Eg. Small Claims Tribunals Act, Cap 308  </li></ul>Search by Chapter Number 1. Select  Legal Research 2. Select  L...
Results List
The Act
Click to View a Section OR Select  Whole Document Viewing The Act
Viewing Sections of The Act
Browse by Act Title <ul><li>Eg. Find the Electronic Transactions Act </li></ul>1. Select the  Browse  button and select  S...
List of Acts starting with ‘E’ Click on  Electronic Transactions Act  for the most current version of the act
Find <ul><li>Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Cap. 53B </li></ul><ul><li>Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Act ...
English Acts used in Singapore <ul><li>Find  Unfair Contract Terms Act </li></ul>1. Click on  ‘English Acts’
Why do we adhere to these Acts? Application of English Law Act (Cap 7A) effective date: 12 November 1993
Finding Subsidiary legislation
Finding Subsidiary Legislation <ul><li>E.g. Find  SALE OF FOOD (FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS) REGULATIONS   Cap 283, Regulation 5 <...
Results List Scroll down the list and click on the appropriate title.
Free site for Singapore Acts <ul><li>Singapore Statutes Online  http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts a...
Q & A
Contact Information General Enquiries: [email_address] Research Enquiries:  [email_address] http://library.smu.edu.sg/ 682...
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  • Application of English Law Acts (Cap 7A)
  • Business Law: Finding Laws & Regulations of Singapore 23 Aug 2010

    1. 1. Finding Laws and Regulations Relevant to Singapore: Using LawNet Joseph Kennedy Research Librarian, Law & Business 23 August 2010
    2. 2. You will learn…. <ul><li>How to retrieve Singapore & UK case law using LawNet </li></ul><ul><li>How to retrieve Singapore legislation (Acts & Subsidiary Legislation) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction to case law <ul><li>What is case law? </li></ul>Record of the courts’ decisions
    4. 4. Case Name <ul><li>Consists of the names of the parties involved </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Case </li></ul><ul><li>Chwee Kin Keong v Digilandmall.com Pte Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Case </li></ul><ul><li>Public Prosecutor v PDM International Pte Ltd </li></ul>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)
    5. 5. Case Citation <ul><li>Year Vol Report Pg </li></ul><ul><li>[2004 ] 2 SLR (R) 594 </li></ul><ul><li>[1989] 2 QB 123 </li></ul><ul><li>(1978) 122 Sol Jo 147 </li></ul>The citation tells us that the case may be found in vol 2 of the Singapore Law Reports (Reissue) for 2004 , starting on page 594 .
    6. 6. Reading citations <ul><li>Neutral citation </li></ul><ul><li> Year of decision Court Sequential </li></ul><ul><li> Number </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> [2005] SGCA 2 </li></ul><ul><li>The citation above tells us that this was case number 2 for 2005 in the </li></ul><ul><li>Singapore Court of Appeal. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>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
    7. 8. Click on “L” for LawNet Locating LawNet
    8. 9. LawNet
    9. 10. LawNet
    10. 11. LawNet
    11. 12. LawNet Homepage
    12. 13. Finding a case by citation E.g. Find the case [2001] 2 SLR (R) 285
    13. 14. 1. Select “ Singapore Law Reports (Reissue)” 2. Enter the Year , the Vol. and the Page no. Search by citation
    14. 15. Click on the case to view the full text Search by citation
    15. 16. Search by citation
    16. 17. Search by citation
    17. 18. Frequent Sections of a Reported Case <ul><li>Heading of a Case (name of case, neutral citation, name of court, suit or application number of case, name of judge(s), and hearing dates </li></ul><ul><li>EDITORIAL CONTENT </li></ul><ul><li>Catchwords </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of the Facts and Summary of the Holdings </li></ul><ul><li>Cases and Legislation referred to </li></ul><ul><li>JUDGMENT (written decision) </li></ul>
    18. 19. What is the name of the case with the citation [2003] 4 SLR(R) 257? <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>PT Tugu Pratama Indonesia v Magma Nusantara Ltd </li></ul>
    19. 20. Finding English cases on LawNet Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company [1893] 1 QB 256
    20. 21. UK Case Search 1. Select ‘The Law Reports ’ 2. Enter the Year , the Vol . and the Page no .
    21. 22. Results List Click on the case link to view the full text
    22. 23. Full Text Click on the icons to print or download a PDF copy.
    23. 24. The Law Reports List of Titles in this Series The Law Reports are published by The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales
    24. 25. Legislation
    25. 26. Singapore Laws <ul><li>Statutes /Acts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400 different statutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each Act is given it’s own chapter number. (‘cap’ for short) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Companies Act, Cap 50 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Subsidiary Legislation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While Acts deal with broad legal principles, Subsidiary Legislation deals with details such as procedures, admin matters, technical standards, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Companies (Application of Bankruptcy Act Provisions) Regulations, Cap 50, Section 411 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 27. Finding Statutes/Acts
    27. 28. <ul><li>Eg. Small Claims Tribunals Act, Cap 308 </li></ul>Search by Chapter Number 1. Select Legal Research 2. Select Legislation 3. Enter the Chapter No. and Click Search
    28. 29. Results List
    29. 30. The Act
    30. 31. Click to View a Section OR Select Whole Document Viewing The Act
    31. 32. Viewing Sections of The Act
    32. 33. Browse by Act Title <ul><li>Eg. Find the Electronic Transactions Act </li></ul>1. Select the Browse button and select Statutes from the drop down menu 2. Select the letter E to browse all the act titles starting with E 3. Click on Search
    33. 34. List of Acts starting with ‘E’ Click on Electronic Transactions Act for the most current version of the act
    34. 35. Find <ul><li>Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Cap. 53B </li></ul><ul><li>Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Act Cap. 283A </li></ul><ul><li>Unfair Contract Terms Act </li></ul>
    35. 36. English Acts used in Singapore <ul><li>Find Unfair Contract Terms Act </li></ul>1. Click on ‘English Acts’
    36. 37. Why do we adhere to these Acts? Application of English Law Act (Cap 7A) effective date: 12 November 1993
    37. 38. Finding Subsidiary legislation
    38. 39. Finding Subsidiary Legislation <ul><li>E.g. Find SALE OF FOOD (FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS) REGULATIONS Cap 283, Regulation 5 </li></ul>1. Select Subsidiary Legislation from the drop down menu 2. Select S from the alphabetical list
    39. 40. Results List Scroll down the list and click on the appropriate title.
    40. 41. Free site for Singapore Acts <ul><li>Singapore Statutes Online http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts are listed alphabetically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No access to subsidiary legislation </li></ul></ul>
    41. 42. Q & A
    42. 43. Contact Information General Enquiries: [email_address] Research Enquiries: [email_address] http://library.smu.edu.sg/ 6828 0355 See you in Library! Myspace.Yourspace.Ourspace

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