The Syariah Court of Singapore hears and determines disputes on Muslim marriages, divorces, the ancillary matters thereto and betrothal as prescribed by the Administration of Muslim Law Act. Cases at first instance are heard by the Syariah Court. Appeals from decisions of the Syariah Court are heard by the Appeal Board. Each appeal is heard by a separately-constituted Appeal Board. Published by the Syariah Court, the Singapore Syariah Appeals Reports (SSAR) is the official report series of grounds of decisions delivered by the Appeal Board. Where the decision is delivered in Malay, the original Malay version of the Appeal Board decision is reported together with its English translation. Each report carries a catchword summary of the case highlighting the main issues decided; commentaries and updates in the form of “Notes” appear at the end of the report, where appropriate. Citations of Quranic verses referred to in a decision are listed in the case report. Volume 6 features the significant cases decided by the Appeal Board between 2011 and 2015. Where no grounds of decision were issued by the Appeal Board, the decision of the Syariah Court would be reported first, followed by the Order of the Appeal Board.
This issue reviews important Singapore arbitration-related court decisions from January to June 2020 on attempts to set aside arbitral awards. Accompanying case notes examining the significance and relevance of these and other Singapore cases reported are included in this issue. There is also an extended single article by Toby Landau QC – “Arbitral Groundhog Day: The Reopening and Re-Arguing of Arbitral Determinations” – which critically and exhaustively reviews the resultant complex issues when a party seeks to have a claim adjudicated in one forum, which has already been determined in another.
Date of Publication: November 2020
Amongst the noteworthy judgments are the Singapore Court of Appeal decisions in BNA v BNB  1 SLR 456 and ST Group Co Ltd v Sanum Investments Ltd  1 SLR 1 in relation to issues such as the seat of arbitration and the governing law and validity of the arbitration agreement. The two learned articles in this issue explore thorny issues such as corruption in international arbitration and confidentiality in the arbitration process.
V K Rajah SC
Professor Lawrence Boo
Toby Landau QC
Chan Leng Sun SC
Yeo Boon Tat
Tan Hai Song
Benjamin Tham Yum Yin
This issue features articles on: (a) the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how it has changed the Canadian criminal justice system; (b) the factors which affect the Hong Kong Judiciary in its interpretation of the constitutional right to be presumed innocent and the right against self-incrimination; (c) how ideas of constitutionalism, rule of law and fundamental rights have contributed to the development of criminal law in India; (d) the vulnerability of suspects, accused and convicted persons whilst in custody in South Africa and the possible explanations for it including a social justice deficit and ambiguity in commitment to constitutional values; (e) how interaction with the European Court of Human Rights has shaped the way that UK courts, governments and Parliament have acted on criminal justice issues and vice versa; (f) fair treatment developments in transnational and international criminal law at the international level and how national actors should approach these developments; (g) the need to shape the extent of criminal liability by taking into consideration the moral foundations of criminal law in Singapore; (h) state of the law in Singapore on aspects of the right of silence and the right of access to a lawyer of a suspect who is in custody; and (i) the evolution of Singapore’s criminal process and hopes for the future.
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s): Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong and Professor Michael Hor (guest editors)