Ejusdem Generis

Ejusdem Generis means "of the same kind or nature" There should be a catch all phrase like "... or any other..." This general catch all phrase only applies to items with the common trait or denominator.   For example: Car, bus, lorry or any other vehicle. In this case the common traits are vehicles with [...]

By |2021-04-02T01:18:34+08:00April 2nd, 2021|Concepts|0 Comments

History of Singapore Legal System, Part I

Onto our favourite(?) topic of all law students - the history of Singapore's legal system. As history is always, long and boring, the WHOLE history will be broken down into several parts. In Part I, it will touch briefly on the founding of Singapore till the Japanese Occupation.   Raffles and Birth of Singapore Early [...]

By |2021-03-19T23:38:44+08:00March 19th, 2021|Concepts|0 Comments

What would our world be like without the rule of law?

Actually we can already see this in some countries, most recently, our ASEAN neighbour. Instead, the troubled country is ruled by law, created by the military government.It may seem like mere wordplay but the placement of the key words 'rule' and 'law' with different prepositions lead to very different concepts. Let us examine the difference [...]

By |2021-03-13T23:19:20+08:00March 13th, 2021|Concepts|0 Comments

Precedent, Ratio Decidendi and Obiter Dicta

Precedent The doctrine of precedent states that a court has to follow legal rules set in earlier cases when deciding cases. Judges make legal rules when deciding cases. Judges can only make laws when cases are brought before them. This is where the term 'judge made law' came from. A judge cannot make laws just [...]

By |2021-03-07T22:22:22+08:00March 7th, 2021|Concepts|0 Comments
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