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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  2 SLR (R) 594 Year Volume Reporter PgThe citation tells us that the case may befound in vol 2 of the Singapore Law Reports(Reissue) for 2004, starting on page 594.
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Anatomy of a Reported Case: Case Headings Reporter Information Case Name Court Name Neutral CitationJudge(s) or Suit or Application No. of CaseJudicial Hearing Date(s)Commissioner(s)
Anatomy of a Reported Case: Editorial Content Catchwords Summary of Facts of the Case Summary of Holdings
Anatomy of a Reported Case:Editorial Content & Judgment Cases referred to Legislation referred to Judgment
Understanding Neutral Citations  SGCA 2 Singapore Neutral Citations: SGCA – Court of appeal Year of decision Court Sequential Number SGDC – District Court SGFC – Family Court SGHC – High CourtThe citation above tells us that this was the2nd case in 2005 in the Singapore Court of Appeal. SGJC – Juvenile Court SGMC – Magistrates Court SGSC – Supreme Court SGSCT – Small ClaimsThis is a system of citation where each written Tribunaljudgment from a particular level of court is assigneda sequential number, starting from 1 at the beginningof each calendar year.
Finding a case by neutral citationGay Choon Ing v Loh Sze Ti Terence Peter  SGCA 3
Search by Neutral Citation  SGCA 3 Select “Neutral Citation” Enter the Year, the Court. and the Case no.
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