The Legal Branch

Legislation and Law Reform Division,
Attorney-General’s Chambers

(Left to Right) Front Row:
Mrs Owi Beng Ki, Mrs Koh Juat Jong (Solicitor-General),
Mr Steven Chong, S.C. (Attorney-General),
Charles Lim Aeng Cheng (Parliamentary Counsel), Ms Audrey Lim Yoon Cheng

(Left to Right) Back Row:
Ms Shahrinah bte Abdol Salam, Lee Chuan Huei, Ms Hung Ning Shing,
Mrs Wendy Chang Mun Lin, Seow Zhixiang, Melvin Shen Zongwei,
Ms Karen Ang Ai Ping, Phang Hsiao Chung, Mrs Lim Su Ching,
David Lim Jit Hee, Chong Kah Wei, Phua Wee Chuan,
Ms Jaime Tey Su Fung, Ms Woon Seow Cheng

Not in Picture:
Ms Hema Subramanian, Mrs Joyce Chao Suling, Ms Lee Yean-Lin,
Soh Kee Bun, Terence Ong

Legislation and Law Reform Division

The LLRD is the central legislative drafting office of Singapore. Headed by the Parliamentary Counsel, the LLRD also performs the functions of law reform and law revision. As at 31 December 2012, there were 23 LSOs posted at the LLRD.

In 2012, 40 Bills drafted by the LLRD were introduced in Parliament. These Bills covered a diverse range of matters such as:

  • Disciplinary proceedings against lawyers
  • Reform of electronic evidence
  • Energy conservation
  • Regulation of employment of foreign employees
  • Establishing a $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Fund
  • Establishing a Singapore Accountancy Commission to develop the accountancy sector
  • Review of hearsay evidence
  • Income tax reliefs
  • Legal professional privilege
  • Limitation periods of claims filed in Singapore but governed by foreign laws
  • Protection of personal data
  • Problem Gambling and refinements to casino regulatory laws
  • Review of the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking and for certain homicide offences
  • Voluntary sterilisation

The LLRD also drafted and published 714 pieces of subsidiary legislation and vetted 367 Gazette Notifications. Significant topics included:

  • Amendments to foreign employee work pass conditions
  • Amendments to the Rules of Court relating to admission of hearsay evidence and voluntary sterilisation
  • Engine exhaust emission requirements for off-road diesel engines
  • Fuel economy labeling requirements for motor vehicles
  • Immunities and privileges of the International Criminal Police Organisation-INTERPOL
  • Warning labels on tobacco products

In the area of law reform, the LLRD continued working with the Ministry of Law on codifying and restating the law on contempt of court in a single Act of Parliament. The proposed Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill was initiated by Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong when he was the Attorney-General.

The LLRD, in collaboration with the Singapore Management University (“SMU”), organised the inaugural AGC-SMU Law Reform Essay Competition to raise awareness and interest in law reform work. The competition invited participants to propose reform to existing laws relating to the maintenance of parents and the protection of the elderly from neglect and abuse. A list of the more feasible proposals was compiled and submitted to the relevant ministries for consideration in their next round of legislative review.

In the area of law revision, 34 Acts and one piece of subsidiary legislation were revised. The Acts revised include the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), the Human Organ Transplant Act (Cap. 131A), the Official Secrets Act (Cap. 213), the Public Order Act (Cap. 257A) and the Retirement and Re-employment Act (Cap. 274A).

The LLRD, in collaboration with the Civil Service College, continued to conduct customised training on translating policy into law and legislative drafting for its clients. Government lawyers from Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam also participated in the training.

Charles Lim
Parliamentary Counsel
Legislation and Law Reform Division
Attorney-General’s Chambers

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