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This was an important commercial case decided by the Singapore Court of Appeal involving the law of contract, guarantee & suretyship and misrepresentation. The case involved, inter alia, the following aspects of the law:
This case is a very important decision of Singapore’s Court of Appeal. The case concerned the Constitutional rights to freedom of religion and freedom of association. The case concerned the challenge of the Minster’s decision/power to restrict the use of religious materials of the Jehovah Witnesses. The ban on publication of certain materials by their publisher was challenged by the Plaintiffs. The crucial legal issues concerned:
After a trial in the State Courts, the Plaintiffs were convicted of possession of publication of Jehovah’s Witnesses (“Watchtower”) which was banned by order of minister. Plaintiffs’ appeal against the conviction was dismissed by the Chief Justice.
This was a case that raised many questions on constitutional law, including the issue of whether there can be a defence raised in a criminal trial on the non-constitutionality of the law under which the person was charged. Whether an appellate court can conduct judicial review of a minister’s discretion in a criminal appeal.
The case of Chan Hiang Leng Colin & Ors v Minister for Information and Arts, cited under constitutional & adminstrative law above, started as a criminal case in the District Court. The trial lasted for about 10 days at the end of which the Colin Chan and others were convicted. They appealed.
A decision of the Court of Appeal; Vendors who were overseas did not sign an option to sell that was sent to them by courier. The main issue was whether there was a binding contract to sell a house based on exchange of emails coupled with the fact that the option money was banked into the Vendors’ account by the property agent of the Vendors. Whether S6 (d) of the Civil Law Act was satisfied and whether the contract was enforceable on grounds of part performance.
This important High Court decision is hailed as a “landmark in Singapore family law” (See Debbie SL Ong – Insisting on a Custody Order? A Year After Re G – Singapore Law Society Law Gazette, Jan 2005 issue).
The decision sets out for the first time the principle of “joint responsibility” as being in the best interest of the child and sets to discourage “sole custody” orders. It sets out the following important principles in child custody cases:
Note: Re G was approved and affirmed by the Singapore Court of Appeal in CX v CY (minor: custody and access) [ 2005] 3 SLR 690 – The Court of Appeal affirmed that the best interest of the child is best served with “joint responsibility” and the courts should grant “joint custody” orders and sole custody orders should only be made in “exceptional cases”.
This important criminal case sets out the essential elements required in an offence of instigation of another to give false evidence in judicial proceedings. The High Court laid down the principle that there was no need for the “instigator” to have told the person instigated to commit the offence.
It was held to be sufficient under the Penal Code that the “instigator” intended to use the information obtained from the person instigated in judicial proceedings.
This case involved ad hoc admission of a prominent Queen’s Counsel from Canada to argue a case on freedom of religion. Whether admission of QCs under Section 21 of the Legal Profession Act was limited to QCs from the United Kingdom and whether such admissions were restricted to banking and commercial matters.
Another consideration was whether the appeal, to be argued by Mr. How, involved complex issues of law and fact. The case also considered methods of statutory interpretation. Mr. How was admitted and this case has become one of the authorities on admission of QCs.
The law on Succession & Wills is well settled. Therefore, it is rare to find a case that sets a precedent or reinforces one in this area of law. Such a case involving counsels from our firm came up before the High Court.
The important legal issue in this appeal was whether a nuncupative or o ral will is valid under the Wills Act (Cap 352, 1996 Rev Ed). On 16 July 2009 the deceased gave instructions for a will. An associate of a company engaged to draw up wills, visited the deceased, and took instructions on the will to be drawn up. The associate made notes of the deceased’s instructions and returned to his office and prepared a draft will. However the draft will was not executed.
The High Court held that the draft will did not come within the exception of a nuncupative will, and therefore could not be a valid will under the Wills Act.
The law in this area well settled. Moreover, most cases are settled either through court mediation or by the initiative of counsels of the parties. In industrial accident cases, where the injury is severe, the compensation offered under the Work Injury Compensation Act (Cap. 354) may be insufficient. In such instances, if the matter does not get settled, the victim has to rely on Common Law and resort to court action. Such a case involved Counsels from our firm.
This High Court case involved a workman’s claim for damages for serious personal injuries suffered as the result of an industrial accident in the course of employment. The legal issues involved, among others, were:
This High Court case dealt with the important principles involved in an application to set aside a judgment obtained in default of appearance. The important issues raised in this case (which went on appeal to the Singapore Court of Appeal) are as follows: