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Role of public policy in the judiciary must be clearly defined in an age of “judicialisation” of politics: CJ Sundaresh Menon

The role of public policy in the judiciary must be clearly defined in an age where matters typically resolved through political means are now increasingly being brought to the courts, said The Honourable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore Sundaresh Menon. Delivering his address titled “Taming the Unruly Horse: The Treatment of Public Policy Arguments in the Courts” …

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Globalisation and AI contribute to “wicked problem” surrounding the rapidly evolving legal landscape in Singapore: Sundaresh Menon CJ

In what he dubbed as a “wicked problem”, The Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon predicted that the merging of three significant forces, namely globalisation, technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and “the growing commercialisation of the law” will continue to pose new challenges to lawyers and the legal profession itself in Singapore. The term “wicked problem”, said Mr Menon in …

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Focus of attention should not be on Jolovan Wham refused to sign his statement but that the police refused to give him a copy of his own words

The headlines have loudly declared that activist Jolovan Wham refused to sign his police statement in the media reports of his court hearing. Wham faces two charges for allegedly organising an assembly without a permit under the Public Order Act on 26 Nov and refusing to sign the statement made to police. While it is a fact that he refused to …

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Fair Trial – Right to Trial by Jury

by Varatharajah Rajaselvan I aver that the summary abrogation of the ‘right to trial by jury’ is the root cause of the consequential erosion of an accused’s ‘right of defence’, and other impediments in general to the CPC [Criminal Procedure Code]. The repeal of the legal process of the jury-trial procedure in post-independence ’60s, is an anachronism that has impaired …

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Judging the judicary – The Unsaid and the Unsayable

by Teo Soh Lung We had a very interesting lecture on the above subject by Dr Kevin Tan yesterday. Many of us who blog don’t really spend a lot of time on the words we use online. Even if we are exceedingly cautious as Alex Au was, there is no guarantee that we will not get into trouble with the …

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Uber and Grab may face unwinding of merger and financial penalties, warns consumer watchdog

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) is pushing for the unwinding of the merger between Grab and Uber here, after a three-month review. The Uber-Grab merger will potentially become the first merger to be ordered to unwind in Singapore, according to TODAY Online. Concerns over Grab’s anti-competition practices and monopoly of the ride-hailing market in Singapore were raised …

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Procedural amendments of laws against “vexatious litigants” redundant, says human rights lawyer

International Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi has voiced his disagreement with the Ministry of Law’s proposal to impose more stringent procedures in granting courts greater authority in controlling “vexatious” proceedings. “Vexatious” proceedings refer to proceedings that are brought upon in court without sufficient grounds for winning, usually to cause annoyance to the defendant. In a release on the proposed amendments …

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