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Historical Sources of Singapore Law: Databases

Databases for Historical Singapore Legal Materials

Bills introduced
Bills as introduced at their first reading. Published by the Singapore Parliament (Jan 2006 -)

*British Military Administration, Malaya. Gazette. Singapore Division: CO 932/1
Contains proclamations, orders, rules and regulations promulgated by the BMA.

eGazette (Electronic Gazette)
The electronic version of the Government Gazette contains the Bills Supplement, Acts Supplement, Subsidiary Legislation Supplement and Treaties Supplement (1998 -). 

*LawNet (access: NUS Law) (access: Other NUS staff & students)
Contains current versions and selected revised editions of Singapore statutes and subsidiary legislation. Also provides access to selected Singapore treaties.

The laws of the Straits Settlements 1835-1919
The C J Koh Law Library has digitised this 5-volume set which contains laws that are an important part of Singapore's legal history. It is commonly referred to as the Braddell Edition.

Official reports: parliamentary debates (Hansard)
Searchable database of Singapore Parliamentary Debates from 1955 onwards. Published by the Singapore Parliament.

Papers presented to Parliament (on ArchivesOnline)
Part of the ArchivesOnline Database. Papers are classified into one of six categories: Command Paper, Parliamentary Paper, Statutory Paper, Subsidiary Legislation Paper, Presidential Council Paper and Miscellaneous Paper. These include reports of Select Committees of Parliament, legislation and Government White Papers. All Papers from 2011 onwards will be uploaded on the Government Records Database as and when the National Archives receives them from Parliament.

Select committee reports
Select Committee Reports from 1955 onwards are available on the Singapore Parliament website.

*Sessional papers of the Colonial Government of Singapore, 1946-1960 [electronic resource] : CO 940
Public sessions of the Colony of Singapore Advisory Council (1947-48) and proceedings of the Singapore Legislative Council (1948-1955)

Singapore statutes online (SSO)
Official Singapore Government website for online publication of legislation by the Attorney General's Chambers. Content includes selected earlier revised editions of Acts and Subsidiary Legislation, Bill Supplements and Act Supplements.

*Straits Settlements government gazette, 1867-1942 [electronic resource] : CO 276
Contains Bills laid before the Legislative Council of Singapore. Also includes government notifications, proclamations and advertisements.

*Straits Settlements sessional papers, 1855-1940 : CO 275
Database containing reports on the proceedings of the Legislative and Executive Councils of the Straits Settlements from 1867 to 1940.

* indicates subscription database

Online access to government records, government speeches and press releases, and Straits Settlements records. Developed by the National Archives of Singapore.

*LawNet (access: NUS Law staff & students) (access: Other NUS staff & students)
Access to older law reports including Kyshe's Reports, Straits Settlements Law Reports, etc.

*Lexis Advance Singapore
Search the Malayan Law Journal for Singapore cases from 1931 to 1965.

*War Crimes Case Files, Second World War - WO 235
This series contains the trials of Japanese war criminals by the Military Court in Singapore for crimes committed in Southeast Asia during the Second World War.

Singapore War Crimes Trials
Web Portal co-founded by Dr Cheah Wui Ling and Ng Pei Yi. Features comprehensive case summaries of WWII crimes trials for crimes committed in Singapore and other locations in Asia.

* indicates subscription database

Digital archive of Singapore and Malaya newspapers from 1831 to 2017. Provides a good source of information on law, including unreported cases. To see the list of titles in the digitised newspaper collection, refer to the FAQ (Q.7).

Research Librarian

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Lee Su-Lin
C J Koh Law Library
469D Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259773
Phone: +65 6516 2042
Subjects: Law

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