Legal Fact Check


The Law Society’s Legal Fact Check Service is part of our efforts, as a responsible civil society organisation, to provide members of the public with reliable and accurate responses to general legal questions arising out of current news reports. The Legal Fact Check Service, the first of its kind in Singapore, is intended to address the danger of legal fake news.

Legal Terms in Criminal Cases Explained

November 2020 – The Law Society has developed this glossary to provide an additional resource for legal fact-checking by members of the public. 

Through this glossary members of the public will be able to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of frequently used terms and frequently asked questions arising from criminal cases that have been reported in the media. 

Click here to view the glossary.

Civil and Criminal Remedies in Harassment Cases

November 2020 – The Protection from Harassment Act (‘POHA’), which was enacted in 2014, provides a range of criminal and civil remedies for victims of harassment or harassing behaviour. Before commencing a claim under the POHA, the victim/complainant must decide on the type of remedies that he/she is seeking against the alleged harasser.

Click here to find out more about the various criminal and civil remedies that are available to victims of harassment.

Terrorism Financing Laws in Singapore

February 2020 – As a major international trade and financial centre, Singapore faces high risks of being exploited by criminals and syndicates involved in transnational crimes, such as terrorism financing activities. Singapore has therefore introduced various laws to address these threats, one of which is the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act (TSOFA) which criminalises the financing of terrorism and terrorist acts.

Click here to learn more about terrorism financing laws in Singapore.

Prohibiting Public Disclosure of the Victim’s Identity in Legal Proceedings

January 2020 – While transparency in legal proceedings is an important consideration, in certain cases, public disclosure of the victim’s identity is not desirable where there is a need to protect his or her privacy, well-being or safety. Under the law, there are two ways that a victim’s identity can be prohibited from being disclosed: under the relevant legislation; and by a ‘gag order’ imposed by the court.

Click here to learn more about the law on prohibiting public disclosure of the victim’s identity in legal proceedings.

Understanding Arbitration

December 2019 – Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’) mechanism whereby the parties agree to submit their dispute to a neutral tribunal (comprising at least one arbitrator) to make a binding decision on the dispute. Through arbitration, the parties can resolve their dispute in a private and confidential manner instead of going to court. Arbitration can be used to resolve all kinds of civil disputes, including construction and commercial, employment, tenancy, renovation works, media, entertainment and travel.

Click here to learn more about the key characteristics of arbitration as an ADR mechanism.

Private Arrest

November 2019 – In limited situations, the law allows private individuals who are not police officers to arrest a person who has committed an offence under certain circumstances. This is known as an ‘arrest by a private person’, or sometimes referred to as a ‘citizen’s arrest’. A common form of ‘citizen’s arrest’ is where a private individual is permitted by law, subject to certain conditions, to arrest a person who commits an arrestable and non-bailable offence.

Click here to learn more about an arrest by a private person for arrestable and non-bailable offences in Singapore.

Understanding Neutral Evaluation

October 2019 – Disagreements or disputes that cannot be resolved through alternative forms of dispute resolution (‘ADR’), such as mediation, can significantly affect parties’ relationships. Neutral evaluation aims to deal with such disputes and give parties the option to decide if they subsequently wish to assert their rights through formal legal proceedings. What is neutral evaluation, and how is it different from ADR mechanisms like mediation?

Click here to learn more about neutral evaluation. 

Understanding Mediation

September 2019 – Singapore recently made international legal history when the Singapore Convention on Mediation opened for signatures on 7 August 2019. Mediation is a common method of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’). What is the difference between mediation and other forms of ADR, such as arbitration?

Click here to learn more about mediation.

The Constitution of Singapore

August 2019 – The Constitution of Singapore provides for the functions and powers of the 3 branches of government in Singapore. It also functions to protect minority interests, and plays an important role in protecting the fundamental rights of individuals.

Click here to learn more about the key features of the Constitution of Singapore. 

Understanding the Vulnerable Adults Act

July 2019 – The Vulnerable Adults Act came into force on 19 December 2018. It seeks to safeguard vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or self-neglect, and allows government social services to intervene and render assistance or protection as a last resort when family and community interventions fail.

Click here for some key facts on this new law.

Understanding Compensation Orders

June 2019 – When a person is convicted of an offence, the court can order the offender to compensate the victim by making a compensation order. Under what circumstances can compensation orders be made and how are they enforced?

Click here to read more on compensation orders in Singapore.


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