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Statutory Interpretation in Singapore – Another 10 Years on: A Synthesis of Current Law and Review of Developments

Benny Tan Zhi Peng

(2021) 33 SAcLJ 986

It has been a decade (or so) since the last general academic review of statutory interpretation in Singapore. This review considers Singapore Court of Appeal cases directly involving statutory interpretation, between January 2009 and April 2020, where the court had issued written judgments. It has three key objectives. The first is to offer a synthesis of the current law on statutory interpretation in Singapore. Second, it delves more deeply into more challenging issues such when extrinsic material can be considered in purposive interpretation. Finally, it suggests what might be explored in the decade ahead to lend even more coherence to this area of law.