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Court boots out Claims of Trafficker against Lawyers

A convicted drug trafficker whose claim that three defence lawyers had failed to present his case according to his instructions during his trial was dismissed by the High Court for want of merit.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Court rules Singapore Swimming Club did not Defame 'Trespasser' for putting up her Picture as One

A defamation suit brought by a woman against a club for putting up a notice with her picture declaring she had trespassed and was to be treated as persona non grata was dismissed by the District Judge who said the act of the club did not defame the guest.
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Court dismisses Blogger's bid to strike out PM's Libel Suit

Blogger Leong Sze's application to strike out Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's claim against him for defamation has been dismissed by the High Court, and as a result, the case is set to go to trial.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

CJ warns against allowing Politics to be Judicialized

Courts should not be invited to resolve issues usually addressed through the political process such as matters of national identity and religious freedom, said the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who has also reminded that Court's business is not to formulate policy but to find the facts presented and apply the law.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

More help for Young Offenders and Faster Access to Legal Advice

In its annual Workplan Seminar, State Courts have introduced new initiatives including help to young offenders under 21 to revent them from re-offending, and inmates can expect speedier access to legal advice.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

State Courts Towers to offer Co-working Space for Small Law Firms

Clicks @ State Courts, a co-working space for small law firms will be unveiled by the Singapore Academy of Law at the upcoming State Courts Towers along Havelock Road.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

'Kept Man' does not have to share $14M in Assets with Ex-wife: Court

A family court judge has ruled in a petition for maintenance that a man's share in the properties could not be included as part of the pool of matrimonial assets to be divided between him and his ex-wife following their divorce.
Date: 08 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

$7M House legally belongs to Firm, not Buyer's Son: Top court

An appeal court has allowed the appeal by Geok Hong Company that they are the legal owner of the property, as well as the beneficial owner, leading to change of hands to a property of late Tan Tiong Luu.
Date: 04 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Plan for Seniors' Court with Features for the elderly

The Family Justice Courts is looking to set up a Seniors' Court with elderly-friendly features, as the judges and administrators have learnt that the current setting is insufficient to cater to elderly court users.
Date: 04 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

CJ: Restitution can weigh in Favour of another Offender

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has ruled that restitution made to a victim of financial crime by one offender, can help lower the sentence of another offender.
Date: 04 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Bar for when Claims can be struck out: Judge

In a case which a Hong Kong-based Qroi company had sued managing partner for alleged non-payment for services delivered, the High Court has dismissed the application to struck out the claim and said that as long as there are issues of fact and law that need to be proven, no claim should be struck out without a trial.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Financial Industry shares Good Data Analytics use Cases to Fight Financial Crime

SINGAPORE, Nov 29 - The Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Industry Partnership (ACIP) launched a paper today to encourage greater adoption of Data Analytics (DA) solutions by financial institutions.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Singapore hosts 44th ASEAN Ports Association Meeting

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have hosted the 44th ASEAN Ports Association (APA) Meeting on 27 and 28 November 2018. The annual meeting was officially opened by the Chairman of MPA, Mr. Niam Chiang Meng, at the Conrad Centennial Hotel this morning.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Maritime and Port Authority

Bilateral Investment Treaty between Singapore and Kazakhstan to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Kazakhstan strengthened economic ties with the exchange of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) today. The agreement was exchanged by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon and Kazakhstan Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek, in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien L ...
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

MoneySense launches New Initiatives to improve Singaporeans' Financial Health

SINGAPORE, Nov 17 - Singaporeans will be able to take better charge of their financial well-being through new initiatives rolled out today by MoneySense, Singapore’s national financial education programme.
Date: 17 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership enters into Force in December

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will enter into force on 30 December 2018, following the ratification by six Parties - Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Vietnam is the seventh country to ratify the CPTPP.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

Duplicate of MOM Website

The Ministry of Manpower has warned that there is a fake MOM website phishing for personal info - http://momgovsg.co.in. They have also urged people to use only the official MOM website at https://www.mom.gov.sg for all info and transactions on MOM matters.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Bank Indonesia and Monetary Authority of Singapore establish US$10 Billion Bilateral Financial Arrangement

Singapore, Nov 5 - Bank Indonesia (BI) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have established a bilateral financial arrangement of USD 10 billion equivalent. The arrangement will enable the two central banks to access foreign currency liquidity from each other, if needed, to preserve monetary and financial stability.  
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Inaugural Singapore-Chongqing Financial Summit unlocks Opportunities for Regional Financial and Infrastructure Connectivity

Chongqing, Nov 2  - More than 500 government officials, financial sector professionals and corporate leaders from China and Southeast Asia attended the inaugural China (Chongqing)-Singapore Connectivity Initiative Financial Summit (Summit) in Chongqing, China, today. The Summit presented collaboration opportunities on cross-border financial an ...
Date: 02 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Public Consultation on proposed 'Transformation' of the Civil Justice System

The Ministry of Law ('MinLaw') has invited views and comments on the recommendations made by the Civil Justice Review Committee (the 'CJRC') and the Civil Justice Commission (the 'CJC') to address 'the need to continue reviewing and improving the system to ensure that the costs and time needed to resolve a civil disput ...
Date: 02 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Law Society of Singapore

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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SC aims Further Expansion of Islamic Capital Market, says Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC), the regulatory body of the capital market, aim to foster growth that is premised on long-term value creation by intensifying efforts to further expand the Islamic capital market as well as the closely-linked sustainable finance segment.

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National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

Hanoi, Mar 12 (VNA) - The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

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Cabinet approves 5Bn Baht Agro Subsidies

BANGKOK, Mar 13 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.

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CJ seeks to remove Parts of Hamid Sultan's Affidavit

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today filed an application to remove parts of the supporting affidavit filed Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in the lawsuit by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter, claiming that it was outrageous, insulting and an attack to the Judiciary.

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Up to PM to shortlist Candidates for CJ's Post - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 12 (Bernama) - The Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that he has no information about the candidates shortlisted to be appointed as the new Chief Justice to replace Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who will retire from the post next month.

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Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

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