Ministry of Law (Singapore)
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||100 High Street, #08-02 The Treasury, Singapore 179434|
|Motto||A Trusted Legal System, A Trusted Singapore|
|Annual budget||555.57 million (est) SGD (2019)|
The Ministry of Law (Abbreviation: MinLaw; Malay: Kementerian Undang-Undang; Chinese: 律政部; 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. 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.
The Ministry of Law comprises
- Headquarters (HQ)
- Four departments (Insolvency and Public Trustee's Office, Legal Aid Bureau, Anti-Money Laundering / Countering the Financing of Terrorism Division, and Community Mediation Unit, the last of which oversees the Community Mediation Centres located at The Treasury and at the Subordinate Courts of Singapore)
- Three boards and tribunals (Appeals Board for Land Acquisitions, Land Surveyors Board and Copyright Tribunal)
- Two statutory boards (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and Singapore Land Authority)
The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Law, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore.
|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|||
|Shunmugam Jayakumar||12 September 1988||30 April 2008||19 years, 231 days|
|K Shanmugam||1 May 2008||Incumbent||13 years, 50 days|||
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