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Law & Taxation: Legal Citations

This guide helps you to locate law and taxation related resources in NTU Libraries and from the web.

Introduction to Legal Citations

Legal citation, used in legal research and writing, as well as in court documents can sometimes be difficult to understand as they look very different from typical citations. This page will help you to understand the basics of legal citations and how to retrieve the legal documents based on these citations.

The focus of legal research in NTU is on Singapore law hence this guide will concentrate on resources specific to Singapore, however we've also added several links for generic legal research as well. 

Case Law and Decisions

In general, there are two types of case citations: Reported and Neutral.

Anatomy of a Reported Case Citation In this example, the case Creative Technology Ltd v Aztech Systems Pte Ltd was reported in the Singapore Law Reports (Reissue) in 1996, volume 3, starting from page 673 of the report.

 

The Singapore Law Reports, published by the Singapore Academy of Law, reports cases heard in the Singapore High Court, Court of Appeal and the Privy Council. Cases which are reported in the Singapore Law Reports (SLR) will usually have the SLR citations.

Abbreviations for Law Reports reporting on Singapore cases:

  • Malayan Law Journal MLJ: includes Singapore cases since 1932
  • Singapore Law Report SLR: from 1992
  • Singapore Law Report (Reissue) SLR(R): reissued series which includes cases reported in MLJ since 1965
Anatomy of a Neutral Citation
In this example, the case Global Yellow Pages Ltd v Promedia Directories Pte Ltd was the 97th case in 2010 decided in the Singapore High Court.

 

Neutral Citation can be used when the case was not reported or if it has been reported in multiple publications and you only want to refer to the facts of the case rather than a particular report. Not all cases will be reported in the Singapore Law Report but all cases will have a neutral citation.

For quick reference, here are some abbreviations of Singapore Courts:

Court Abbreviation
Court of Appeal SGCA
Constitutional Tribunal SGCT
District Court SGDC
Family Court SGFC
High Court SGHC
Juvenile Court SGJC
Magistrates Court SGMC
Privy Council SGPC
Supreme Court SGSC
Small Claims Tribunal SGSCT

Searching for Case Law

Singapore Legislation

Together with Case Law, Legislation which includes Statutes and Subsidiary Legislation) form the primary sources of law.

Anatomy of a Statute citation

 

Statutes are cited by their short titles and chapter numbers (abbreviated as Cap). The Pinpoint reference gives the Section, Subsection and Paragraph number for you to go to the specific part of the Act for the specific information you need.

Anatomy of Subsidiary Legislation citation

 

The following abbreviations are used for subsidiary legislation:

Part of Subsidiary Legislation Abbreviation
Rule number R
Regulation number Rg
Order number O
Notification number N

 

Searching for Legislation

Additional Resources