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1 Welcome to C J Koh Law Library Library Orientation for GCIA studentsPresented by Carol WeePrepared by Bissy Ithack10th January 2014
2 Outline C J Koh Law Library- History, Collection, & Services. NUS Library portal- Library Catalogue (FindMore/LINC), Searching Books & Journal ArticlesSources of Law- Singapore & UKLawNet DatabaseAbbreviations & CitationsCJ Koh Law Library Home Page-Legal resources on web
3 Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library Chinese LibraryC J Koh Law LibraryNUS LibrariesCentral LibraryMedical LibraryHon Sui Sen Memorial LibraryScience LibraryMusic Library
4 C J Koh Law Library History The library was originally established in September 1957, catering primarily to the Faculty of Law at the Bukit Timah Campus.In April 1980, the Law Library moved to new premises at Kent Ridge, occupying two floors of the Faculty of Law building.
5 C J Koh Law LibraryOn 1st January 2001, the Law Library was renamed the C J Koh Law Library, in appreciation of Mr Koh Choon Joo’s generous donations to the library. After extensive renovations which began in July 2000, the library celebrated its official opening by the Honourable Chief Justice Yong Pung How on 27 February 2002.Following the Government's announcement to reallocate Bukit Timah Campus to NUS on 28 May 2005, the Law Library made its historic return to its first home in August 2006.
6 C J Koh Law Library - Collection C J Koh Law Library has a rich collection of local and international legal resources.1st Storey-RBR, Hold Shelf & Theses at Loan CounterLegislation/Law Reports, Singapore Malaysia Collection, Current Periodicals.2nd Storey-Bound Journals.3rd Storey-Books, ASEAN collection, Chinese collection.
7 Services RBR (Reserve book readings) can be borrowed for 2 hours Loans RBR & Holdshelf books – Please request at Loan Counter (level- 1)Loan entitlement : 20 booksPhotocopy servicesPhotocopiers are available at Library. Use Cash card/ EZ link card(3¢ per page) to pay.
9 FindMoreThis new search engine allows discovery of the library’s online and print collections in a single search.Search by author, title or keywordRefine your search to “items in the library catalogue”
10 Library Integrated Catalogue LINC Select LINC tab and search by specific fields like title, author, keyword, subject or call number.
11 Searching LINC Search by specific field- Title Author Keyword Subject ISBNE.g.: Redfern and Hunter on international arbitration /by Nigel Blackaby…[et al.]. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
12 Searching Journal articles Search by Journal title in FindMore/ LINC
13 Primary sources of LawPrimary sources of law are authoritative records of law made by the law-making bodies of Singapore.The 2 main sources of law are:LegislationStatutesSubsidiary legislationQuasi-legislation.2. Case LawDecisions of the Singapore courts.
14 Singapore Legislation IntroductionThe 2 main sources of legislation in Singapore today:I. Statutes of the Republicof Singapore(primary legislation)Ref: KII. Subsidiary Legislation ofthe Republic of Singapore (secondary legislation)Ref: K
15 Singapore Legislation Legislative ProcessThe Legislature, the law-making body in Singapore, comprisesthe Presidentthe Parliament of Singapore.Statutes begin life as Bills which are drafted by legal officers in the Attorney-General's Chambers.A Bill becomes law when it ispassed by Parliament andassented to by the President.An Act comes into force on a date determined by the Minister and notified by a Commencement Notification in the Government Gazette.
17 UK Legislation The 2 main sources of UK legislation are: Acts of Parliament (primary legislation)a. Public General Actsb. Local and Personal ActsII. Statutory Instruments (secondary legislation).
18 UK Legislation Where to Find It There are several sources of full text Acts of Parliament.However, it is important to distinguish between sources whichgive the law as it currently stands (sources which incorporate repeals or amendments made since the Act was passed e.g. Halsbury’s Statutes) andsources which give the text of the statute as it was originally published (e.g. Queen Printer’s copy)
19 UK Legislation Where to Find It UK Statutes and Statutory Instruments (Legislation & Law Reports collection, Level 1)
20 Law Reports of Singapore Law reports are the published judgments of court cases. Cases are only selected for reporting if they raise or expand upon significant points of law.Therefore, only a small proportion of cases are reported, and these are mainly from the Supreme Court (i.e. High Court, Court of Appeal and Constitutional Tribunal).
21 Law Reports of Singapore A. Singapore Law ReportsThe principle law report series in Singapore is the Singapore Law Reports. It covers cases from 1965.Ref: K7599 SLR
22 Law Reports of Singapore B. Singapore Law Reports (Reissue)The Academy of Law has re-issued the Singapore Law Reports from 1965 through 2009 with re-written headnotes for the reports from 1965 to 2002, and re-edited judgment texts that conform to the SAL house-style. This set of reports is called the Singapore Law Reports (Reissue).Both the original SLR volumes from 1965 to 2002, and the Reissue are equally authoritative as each judgment reported in both remains in substance, though not in form, the same.Ref: K7599 SLR
23 Law Reports of Singapore C. Malayan Law JournalThe other law report series which is the major source of reported Singapore court decisions from is the Malayan Law Journal.Ref: K7599 MLJ
24 The Case Citation What is it? A case citation is a reference to a legal case in the law reports.It generally includes thenames of the parties to the caseyear the decision of the court was deliveredor publishedvolume number of the law reportabbreviation of the law report seriesfirst page at which the case is reported.ExampleAnwar Siraj and Another v Ting Kang Chung John  1 SLR 1026
25 The Case Citation Neutral Citation The neutral citation system is defined in s.63(8) of the Supreme Court Practice Directions as follows:“A neutral citation is a Court-approved system of citation which is independent of the series of law reports or other publication, and unique to each written judgment. Each written judgment from a particular level of Court is assigned a sequential number, starting from 1 at the beginning of each calendar year.”A similar definition can be found in s.53(1) of The Subordinate Courts Practice Directions (2006 Ed.)
26 The Case Citation Neutral Citation The neutral citation includes the followingNames of the parties to the caseYear of the decisionJurisdiction/ Level of courtSequential numberParagraph number (s)Example: Public Prosecutor v Nguyen Tuong Van  SGHC 54, 
27 Law Reports of UK A. Modern Reports The Law Reports (1865- )The official set of law reports published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and WalesText of each report is reviewed by judges before publicationSo, it takes between 10 and 14 months to report casesThe only set of reports that has a summary of the arguments of counselThe High Court and the Court of Appeal require that where a case has been reported in the Law Reports, it must be cited from that source. Other series may only be used when a case is not reported in the Law Reports. See Practice Direction (Judgments: Form Citation) (Supreme Court)  1 WLR 194.
28 Law Reports of UK Modern Reports Title Reports Decisions of Ref The Law Reports (1865- ) (contd.)The 4 current series of the Law Reports are:TitleReports Decisions ofRefAppeal Cases(AC)House of Lords, Privy Council &Court of Justice of the EuropeanCommunitiesK2022 4CQueen’s Bench(QB)Queen’s Bench & Court of Appeal & ECJ on appeal from QBK2022 2EFamily (Fam)Family Division & Court of Appeal on appeal from Fam DK2022 1CChancery(Ch)Chancery Division & Court of Appeal on appeal from Ch DK2022 3B
29 Law Reports of UK 2. The Weekly Law Reports (WLR) (1953- ) Modern Reports2. The Weekly Law Reports (WLR) (1953- )Timely, full text reports.Ref: K2020 WNR3. All England Law Reports (All ER) (1936- )Timely, full text reports; contains editorial notes.Ref: K2020 AELR
30 Law Reports of UK Modern Reports 4. Specialist seriesContain a selection of cases in a discrete practice area.e.g. Lloyds Law Reports (maritime and commercial law)Ref: K2020 LLLR5. NewspapersBrief, edited reports.e.g. The Times Law ReportsRef: K2020 TR/ K2020 TLR
31 Law Databases via Faculty website Law Databases- Other law databases are listed under Resources on the Faculty of Law website:Case TrackLawnetWestlaw
35 LawNet Searching articles Jeffrey Pinsler, “Is Discovery Available Prior to the Commencement of Arbitration Proceedings?”  SJLS. 64
36 Abbreviations & Citations Journal articles Dora Neo, “The Sale of Goods (Amendment) Act 1996: Satisfactory Quality, an Undivided Share in a Bulk and other Amendments” (1997) 9 SAcLJ 362. David Feldman, “The Nature of Legal Scholarship” (1989) 52 Mod.L.Rev. 498.Find out what journal the abbreviation stands forSearch for the journal title in LINC/LINC+
37 Abbreviations & Citations CasesSiang Hoa Goldsmith Pte Ltd v The Wing On Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd  2 SLR 777Singapore Law reports
38 Abbreviations & Citations 1. Print Index:Donald Raistrick, Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations, 3rd ed. (London: Bowker-Saur, 2008).Location: KB280 Rai 2008 (LW RBR; LW Reference Office; LW Reference1)2. Online: Law Reference DeskLibrarian’s pick - Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations