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Doctored Headline: Five in Facebook Group apologize

The administrators of a Facebook group have tendered an apology for not taking action against a post which used an amended headline and had impugned the impartiality and integrity of the Court of Appeal.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Consultation on Standardized Packaging and Enlarged Graphic Health Warnings for Tobacco Products

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be holding a public consultation to seek views from the public on the proposal to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products together with enlarged graphic health warnings (collectively, the “Standardised Packaging Proposal”) in Singapore. The public consultation will take place for six weeks, ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Health

Lee Swee Chon v Kiat Seng Metals Pte Ltd

Tort - Negligence; Tort - Negligence - Contributory negligence
Date: 31 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 22; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Yap Boon Fong Yvonne v Wong Kok Mun Alvin and Another

Damages - Measure of damages - Personal injuries cases
Date: 01 February 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 26; Source: Singapore Law Watch

'Everyone has Right to choose a Lawyer'

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that lawyers should not be made to feel that they will be hounded online for taking up certain cases as all accused persons have the right to get a lawyer of their choice.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Law Society of Singapore v Chan Chun Hwee Allan

Legal Profession - Disciplinary Proceedings; Legal Profession - Professional Conduct - Breach
Date: 30 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 21; Source: Singapore Law Watch

UDS v UDR

Family Law - Matrimonial assets - Division; Family Law - Maintenance - Child
Date: 31 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 3; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Bankruptcy (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules comes into operation on 1 February 2018.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 54; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

City Harvest Case: Final Verdict triggers Review of CBT Law; Shanmugam to make Ministerial Statement

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam remarked that the relevant portions of the Penal Code will be reviewed by the ministry after the apex court’s decision to uphold the reduced sentences of six former City Harvest Church leaders.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Immigration (Temporary Authorised Place of Entry and Departure) Notification 2018

This notifies that Changi Exhibition Centre is an authorised airport in Singapore for persons who arrive and depart by air on any aircraft performing in or to be displayed at or chartered for, the Singapore Airshow 2018, from 30 January 2018 and 15 February 2018.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 52; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Transparency key to having Fair Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Deferred Prosecution Agreements may be adopted for the offences committed by companies, announced Law Minister K. Shanmugam.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Rules of Court (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 1 February 2018.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 51; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Telemedicine to be regulated: Health Ministry

Industry bodies has warned medical practitioners of the potential pitfalls of telemedicine amid the rise in virtual platforms offering health consultations and electronic medical certificates.
Date: 27 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

No more e-Cigarettes, Shisha from February as New Law kicks in

Prohibition on the purchase, use and possession of emerging and imitation tobacco products will come into force from February 1, following the  first phase of the implementation of the amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.
Date: 27 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Why update to Medical Act matters

The proposed Healthcare Services Bill, which will replace the 1980 Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act, will have key changes including the complex issue of making health records scheme compulsory and banning some therapy treatments.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Medical and Elderly Care Endowment Schemes (Medifund Committees) (Amendment) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 22 January 2018.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 43; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Planning (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 5 February 2018.
Date: 19 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 42; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Jurong Town Corporation (Assignment of Functions) Notification 2018

This Notification is deemed to have come into operation on 1 August 2016.
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 41; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Common Gaming Houses (Exemption) (Amendment) Notification 2018

This Notification is to amend Paragraph 2(1) of the Common Gaming Houses (Exemption) (No. 59) Notification 2017 and Paragraph 6 of the Schedule.
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 40; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Common Gaming Houses (Exemption) (No. 4) Notification 2018

The Minister for Home Affairs exempts Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. from the provisions of the Common Gaming Houses Act from 19 January to 28 January 2018, subject to the conditions specified in the Schedule.  
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 39; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Singapore must help shape International Law: Indranee

Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah urged that Singapore must actively help to shape International Law as its impact on domestic economic and social life will continue to grow.

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Experts from Asia affirm Need to push towards Convergence of Legal Frameworks to facilitate Cross-Border Data Flows

Singapore, Feb 7 - For the first time in Asia, representatives from government, data protection regulators, industry and the legal community across 19 countries met to discuss how to achieve a common Asian framework to share and transfer information across international borders.

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MAS Encourages Financial Institutions to use Technology to On-board Customers more Efficiently

Singapore, Feb 7 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a new guidance to financial institutions (FIs) on the use of innovative technology solutions to facilitate safe, non-face-to-face customer on-boarding.

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State Courts launch Online Filing for Neighbour Disputes

The second phase of the State Courts’ Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS) was launched by the Community Justice and Tribunals Division (CJTD) today.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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Law Society seeks to boost Gender Diversity

In a move to boost gender diversity in the legal industry, the Law Society has formed a task force to look at women-in-workplace issues like mentoring and office harassment.

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New Programme to help Legal Sector go Global

A new programme, Lawyers Go Global, was launched recently to help Singapore law firms take their practice abroad with overseas mission trips, training and marketing.

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Singapore Top Asian Nation in Rule of Law Ranking, and 13th globally

Singapore is ranked thirteenth globally and also became the top Asian nation out of 113 countries in the Rule of Law Index compiled by the World Justice Project, an independent advocacy group based in the United States.

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