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Criminal

Outrage of Modesty

The formal legal term for an act of molestation is Outrage of Modesty. These incidents can happen anywhere and anytime, and have become more popular in Singapore, especially in nightlife hotspots and on public transport. The Singapore Police Force have released data for the period January to June 2018, showing a 37% increase in the number of cases involving outrage of modesty at nightspots. In the same period, cases of...

03.29.2021
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Defamation in Singapore
Criminal

Defamation & Slander

What is Defamation? Defamation can be defined as the intent, knowledge or reason to believe that one’s words will harm the reputation of another (the victim). It is a criminal offence in Singapore, according to section 499 of the Penal Code. Defamation may also give rise to a civil action under the law of tort and the Defamation Act. In tort law, there are two kinds of defamation: Libel –...

03.29.2021
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Girl is upset due to cyber bullying
Criminal

Protection from Harassment

The offence of harassment is punishable in Singapore under the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA). It covers offences that happen in Singapore, and also crimes committed by foreigners against Singapore nationals. Attacks carried out online using the internet are also covered. The law has had to expand and adapt in recent years to cover new technologies and new types of offences. It now covers all areas of modern life, including...

03.23.2021
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Tenancy agreement with keys and pen on the top
Civil Litigation

Common Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Unfortunately, tenancy disputes between landlord and tenant are quite common in Singapore, and in other countries too. In this article we give guidance on resolving tenancy disputes. Please get in touch if you need further information or advice. The most common forms of tenancy dispute in Singapore are outlined below. Property Damage There will usually be a clause in the lease stating that no damage should be caused to the...

03.23.2021
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Grounds for Divorce in Singapore
Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

In Singapore, civil divorce cases are governed by the Women’s Charter. In this article, we will talk through the legal grounds for divorce in Singapore. Eligibility and restrictions to file for divorce According to sections 93 and 94 of the Women’s Charter, the following eligibility requirements must be met to file for divorce in Singapore: At least one of the parties must be domiciled in Singapore at the time the...

10.25.2020
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Cease and Desist Letters
Civil Litigation

Cease and Desist Letters

Law firms can issue cease and desist letters to potential defendants before the commencement of formal legal proceedings. Such letters usually contain demands to stop a continued breach or infringement and request payment of damages. Ultimately, these letters aim to achieve the following objectives: Send a clear signal to the defendant that you are serious about having your legal rights enforced Lets you state your legal position in detail with...

08.13.2020
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Letters of Administration
Probate & Letters of Administration

When are Letters of Administration Required?

In Singapore, when someone passes away but leaves no Will, the law sets out how to administer the estate of the deceased. It also outlines the type of person who can act as administrators of the deceased’s assets and other affairs (like liabilities) under a court order known as Letters of Administration. In contrast, when a person dies and does leave a valid Will, the court will give effect to...

08.13.2020
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