Singapore Case Law
The Singapore Law Reports from 2010

The Singapore Law Reports are an integral part of legal practice and scholarship in Singapore. The series reports on a fortnightly basis all legally-significant cases heard in the Singapore Court of Appeal and High Court, and by the Constitutional Tribunal. Cases are selected for publication by the Council of Law Reporting chaired by the Honourable Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang Boon Leong.

The Singapore Law Reports Reissue from 1965 to 2009

Contains judgments reported in the Singapore Law Reports series from 1965-2009 with new headnotes and catchwords. For more information about the Singapore Law Reports Reissue, click here.

Judgments of the Singapore Judiciary from 1991

Also available in the Legal Workbench are the full texts of all written judgments handed down by the Supreme Court of Singapore (from 1991) and the State Courts of Singapore (from 2001). Including both unreported and judgments, these are available online before judgments are published in the Singapore Law Reports.

The Malayan Law Journal from 1932

The Malayan Law Journal, provided by LexisNexis, is the only local series of law reports to be published continuously since 1932, except during the war years. It includes cases from Singapore prior to full independence in 1965, as well as from the Straits Settlements, Federated Malay States, Malayan Union and Federation of Malaya. The Malayan Law Journal currently reports judgments of the Malaysian Federal Court, Court of Appeal and High Courts; the Brunei Court of Appeal and High Court, and appeals from Brunei to the Privy Council.

The Heritage Law Reports 1808-1980

The heritage law reports are a unique collection of early law reports of Malaya and Singapore compiled specially for the Legal Workbench. They consist of Kyshe's Reports (covering cases decided between 1808 and 1939), the Straits Law Journal (1839-1891), the Straits Settlements Law Reports (1867-1942), Malayan Cases (1904-1980), the Federated Malay States Law Reports (1912-1941), the Johore Law Reports (1916-1940), Malayan Union Law Reports (1946-1947), Singapore Law Reports (1948-1956) and the Malayan Law Reports (1949-1954).

Academy Digests

Online version of the fortnightly Academy Digest which provides summaries of all Court of Appeal and High Court decisions (Series 1), and State Courts (Series 2) decisions, for which there are written judgments.

Case Summaries

After the release of a judgment, case summaries are the first instance of a summary of a judgment. Case summaries are not edited in accordance with the current Singapore Law Reports house style. After the case is reported in the Singapore Law Reports, the case summary is then replaced by a headnote, which is an edited, revised and amended version of the case summary.

Decisions Of Singapore Tribunals, Boards And Committees

This is a collection of decisions by specialised tribunals established by statute in Singapore, including the Appeals Board (Land Acquisition), the Copyright Tribunal, the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Society of Singapore, the Income Tax Board of Review, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, the Military Court of Appeal, the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service, and the Strata Titles Board among others. See list below for more information.

  • Appeals Board (Land Acquisition)
    The Decisions of the Appeals Board date back to 1967, and deal with appeals on land acquisition matters.


  • Competition Appeal Board
    Competition Appeal Board is established under the Competition Act 2004. The Board is an independent body that will hear appeals against the decisions of the Competition Commission of Singapore.


  • Competition Commission of Singapore
    This section contains a selection of written decisions of the Competition Commission of Singapore from 2007 onwards. The Competition Commission of Singapore ("Commission") is a statutory body established under the Competition Act (Chapter 50B) on 1 January 2005 to administer and enforce the Act. It comes under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.


  • Copyright Tribunal
    The Copyright Tribunal is a forum for resolving disputes between copyright owners and users of copyright materials.


  • Disciplinary Committee/Disciplinary Tribunal
    This section contains a selection of decisions from 1986 onwards. The Disciplinary Committee hears complaints of lawyer misconduct as prosecuted by the Law Society on behalf of a complainant.

    Pursuant to the Legal Profession (Disciplinary Tribunal) Rules 2008, the Disciplinary Committee was renamed to Disciplinary Tribunal on 1 December 2008.


  • Goods & Services Tax Board of Review
    The Goods & Services Tax Board of Review is an administrative tribunal established under section 50 of the Goods & Services Tax Act to adjudicate GST disputes between the taxpayers and the Comptroller of Goods & Services Tax.


  • Income Tax Board of Review
    This section contains appeals from 1991 onwards, that have been made with regards to assessments made by the Comptroller of Income Tax under section 76(6) of the Income Tax Act.


  • Industrial Arbitration Court
    This section contains a selection of the Court's collective agreements, awards and variations relating to industrial and employment matters and practices and arbitrated trade dispute cases of unionised establishments. The Court does not vet the collective agreements other than to ensure that there are no major errors or discrepancies and that the collective agreements are in compliance with the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act.


  • Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
    This section contains the written decisions of the Hearings and Mediation Department of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. The Decisions mainly arise from trade mark oppositions, invalidations, revocations and rectifications.


  • Military Court of Appeal
    The written decisions of the Military Court of Appeal dating from 1973 as provided by and reproduced with the courtesy of Legal Services, MINDEF.


  • Security of Payment Act Determinations
    This section contains adjudication determinations made from 1 April 2005 under the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B). The determinations are made by adjudicators appointed by the Singapore Mediation Centre, the Authorised Nominating Body appointed under the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B).
    Note: Currently not available till further notice.


  • Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
    List of decisions under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy "SDRP" from year 2002.


  • Strata Titles Boards
    This section contains a selection of written decisions of the Strata Titles Boards from 1989 onwards. The Strata Titles Boards is a forum for resolving disputes brought before the Board by subsidiary proprietors and management corporations of strata developments in Singapore. The Board also hears applications for enbloc sale brought by the majority owners of strata-titled developments.


  • Syariah Appeal Board
    This section holds decisions from the Syariah Court. The Syariah Court has the jurisdiction to hear all actions in which all the parties are Muslims or where the parties were married under the provisions of the Muslim law and which involve disputes relating to; marriage; divorces known in the Muslim law as fasakh, cerai taklik, khuluk and talak; betrothal, nullity of marriage or judicial separation; the disposition or division of property on divorce or nullification of marriage; or the payment of emas kahwin, maintenance and consolatory gifts or mutaah.


  • Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents
    This section holds decisions from the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents. The Tribunal provides a channel for aged parents who are unable to maintain themselves, to seek maintenance from their children.


  • Valuation Review Board
    The Valuation Review Board is an administrative tribunal established under section 23 of the Property Tax Act to adjudicate disputes between taxpayers and the Chief Assessor & Comptroller of Property Tax. The Board hears mainly appeals against any new or revised annual values proposed by the Chief Assessor in respect of any property in Singapore as well as any disputes on the effective date for the recovery of property tax as proposed by the Comptroller of Property Tax.