Ministry of Law (Singapore)

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw; Chinese: 律政部; Malay: Kementerian Undang-Undang; Tamil: சட்ட அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for regulating and reviewing legal policies including but not limited to intellectual property, land, insolvency, public trustee, moneylending, pawnbroking, supervision of precious stones and metal dealers, licensing of all law practice entities, legal aid, and community mediation.[3][4] MinLaw sees itself as a legal services hub which cooperates with international and regional organisations on legal policy issues, providing support most notably within the ASEAN region.[5][6]

Ministry of Law
Singapore Ministry of Law (logo).png
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters100 High Street, #08-02 The Treasury, Singapore 179434
MottoA Trusted Legal System, A Trusted Singapore
Employees1,022[1]
Annual budgetIncrease S$555.57 million (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Lai Wei Lin[2], Permanent Secretary
  • Calvin Phua, Deputy Secretary
Child agencies
Websitewww.mlaw.gov.sg

Organisational structureEdit

The Ministry of Law comprises

MinistersEdit

The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Law, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is K. Shanmugam.

Portrait Minister Term start Term end Time in office Political Party Ref.
Kenneth Michael Byrne 5 June 1959 17 October 1963 4 years, 134 days   People's Action Party
Vacant (18 October 1963 – 30 October 1964) 1 year, 12 days
Edmund William Barker 1 November 1964 12 September 1988 23 years, 316 days [7][8]
  Shunmugam Jayakumar 12 September 1988 30 April 2008 19 years, 231 days
  K Shanmugam 1 May 2008 Incumbent 13 years, 213 days [9][10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Permanent Secretary Appointments - 18 September 2020". Public Service Division. 18 September 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Ministry of Law". www.singaporelawwatch.sg. Singapore Law Watch. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  4. ^ "What We Do". www.mlaw.gov.sg. Ministry of Law Singapore. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  5. ^ Harding, Andrew (November 2018). "Multi-Level, Recursive Law and Development: Singapore 's Legal Role in ASEAN". Asian Journal of Law and Society. 5 (2): 251–269. doi:10.1017/als.2018.33.
  6. ^ "Legal services in Singapore: an interview with the British High Commissioner". www.lawsociety.org.uk. The Law Society. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Barker's sworn in as Law Minister". The Straits Times. Singapore. 1 November 1964. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launches new E W Barker Centre for Law and Business at NUS". The Straits Times. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  9. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  10. ^ Mahmud, Aqil Haziq (25 July 2020). "PM Lee announces new Cabinet; 6 office holders promoted, 3 retirements". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.

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