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David James Roach's Extradition Request and Accompanying Assurance

The Singapore Government is working with UK authorities on the extradition of David James Roach to Singapore. As part of the extradition proceedings, the UK Government has requested an assurance that if Roach were to be found guilty by a Singapore Court of robbery, the sentence of corporal punishment will not be carried out.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Judge rules against Financial Director who wanted Quick Divorce

District Judge Cheryl Koh denied an application of a businessman for a quick divorce and directed him to wait out the mandatory separation period to obtain the formal split.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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

'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

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

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

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

Multi-Year Dog Licensing Scheme to provide Greater Convenience for Dog Owners

Dec 29 - With effect from 1 March 2018, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) will allow dog owners to apply for and renew the licences of their pet dogs for a period of up to three years. This revision will make dog licensing easier and more convenient.
Date: 29 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Small Claims Tribunals Act

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) invites the public to give feedback on the proposed amendments to the Small Claims Tribunals Act (Cap 308) to enhance the Tribunals’ efficiency and effectiveness. This public consultation will run from 21 December 2017 to 11 January 2018.
Date: 21 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Deprivation of Singapore Citizenship for a 43 Year-Old Naturalized Singapore Citizen

A 43-year-old naturalized Singapore citizen was served with a Notice of Proposed Deprivation of Citizenship under Article 133(1) of the Constitution on 7 Dec 2017.
Date: 07 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Man fined for breaching Pet Shop Licensing Conditions

Nov 22 - 46-year-old Lim Meng Sing, licensee of Dog Frenzy Pet Shop, was fined $6,000 in court for breaching AVA’s pet shop licensing conditions.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Immigration (Amendment) Bill introduced for First Reading

The key proposed amendments to the Immigration Act (IA) will empower Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers to exercise selected Police powers at the checkpoints, and allow the collection of personal identifiers from transit passengers.
Date: 06 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Massage Establishments Bill 2017 introduced for First Reading

The Massage Establishments Bill 2017 was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Massage Establishments Act (MEA) regulates massage establishments (MEs) to prevent them from being used as fronts for vice activities and causing law and order problems.
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Man fined $2,600 for releasing Pet Stingrays into Reservoir

26 Sept 2017: Larry Tan Chin Guan was convicted in Court and fined $600 under the Public Utilities (Reservoirs, Catchment Areas and Waterway) Regulations for releasing three Motoro stingrays into Lower Seletar Reservoir. He was also sentenced and fined $2,000 for pet abandonment under AVA’s Animals and Birds Act.
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Amendments to the Public Order Act to take effect on 1 October 2017 ​

The amendments to the Public Order Act, which were passed in Parliament on 3 April 2017, will take effect on 1 October 2017.
Date: 27 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Law Enforcers to comply with Rules in manning Checkpoints

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the actions of law enforcers who will man checkpoints in connection with the scheduled barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls next month are strictly regulated by existing guidelines.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Man fined $10,000 for Sale of illegal Food Products

41-year-old Ang Kok Leong was fined $10,000 in court today for the sale of illegal food products - pig’s blood and uncooked embryonated/fertilised duck eggs, commonly known as ‘balut’.
Date: 06 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Two women fined and issued Disqualification Orders in Two Separate Cases of Pet Abandonment

16 August 2017 - Two women were fined and issued a six-month disqualification order (DO) for pet abandonment today. A DO disqualifies an individual from owning any animal. 46-year-old Tan Lee Cheng was fined $4000 for one count of pet abandonment. In a separate case, 43-year-old Lu Mei Hua was fined $3,500 for one count of pet abandonment and one c ...
Date: 16 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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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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