Saturday, 9 July 2011

Singapore Legal System


A snippet of the relevant history
Democracy basics: The Singapore Constitution: The separation of Powers

The Singapore system is based on the separation of powers , in this video the concept of splitting power into 3 branch to check and balance each other is essentially is the same as USA .


Parliament

In Singapore, we follow the British Parlimentary Model called the Westminster Style of Parliament:

except that we do not have the House of Lords.



1) Law making function: Parliament makes laws and where necessary, the ruling and opposition will debate its merit before calling a vote on it.



NB: In Singapore we do not have the upper House of Lords

2) Inquisitorial function of opposition to serve as a check on the ruling party:

 Here is an example of the inquisitorial role of an opposition in a fieRce debate in UK in parliament:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xUy2inkGHQ&feature=related

Compilation of funny moments all through the years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nz846dDids

Common Law

Historical origins of common law


Stare Decisis :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLleV7XhkRI



History of Common Law:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjSa7ccitME&feature=relmfu



a) Mediation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0_h1BDOhtw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G90f4EsegDg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWqbwyjUPfE

b) Arbitration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWYfOy5WF-w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7msZIT3nXpA



Difference between a) and b) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdliiSe7hhg&feature=related

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