Legal Words And Definitions

Criminal law is the body of rules that defines crimes and treats for their punishment. The Civil Division, headed by the Law Officer (Civil Law), provides legal advice on civil law to all Government bureaux and departments. It also represents the Government both as solicitors and as barristers in all civil litigations, including arbitrations. Specialist units advise on building and planning law, on the drafting of Government contracts and on the role of the Government as an employer. The division advises on the adequacy of existing legislation in relation to civil law and on the preparation of drafting instructions in respect of new legislation or amendments to existing legislation. The Common law, inherited from the British, is an important aspect of the Singapore legal framework. Singapore’s common law is characterized by the practice of judicial precedent. In other words, the law is created by judgments handed down by the courts. … Read the rest