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Business law in Singapore

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The independence of the judiciary is established in the Constitution of Singapore. There have been allegations that the judiciary could be influenced by political pressures.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreigners can largely expect an impartial trial from the country's judicial system, especially in matters related to business.
The Language of Justice
English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
Recourse to an Interpreter
English is a widely used language and hence an interpreter is not usually required.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The Constitution of 1959, amended in 1965. The country's legal system is based on English common law. Singapore has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
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